November 2005 Newsletter
Yesterday & Today Records
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JUSTIN TREVINO/AMBER DIGBY TOUR
Justin Trevino new album in stock now!!
Justin Trevino is coming to Australia to play! He is bringing with him Amber Digby, the same lady who overwhelmingly was awarded our "2004 Album of the Year". This is seemingly too good to be true! But it is true! Justin, is a young man, now in his early 30's, who has authentically revived the classic honky tonk sound of the likes of Ray Price and Johnny Bush. He has proved himself to be the consummate singer, musician and writer. He is one of the biggest stars of the Austin music scene, acclaimed as the best in the whole USA.
Named after Ernest Tubb's son, Justin Tubb he began singing in the clubs of Austin when hardly a teenager. He has recently issued an expanded version of his classic "Loud Music & Strong Wine" (subtlely retitled "More Music & Strong Wine"). This is now a massive 22 tracker and features appearances by Leona Williams, Johnny Bush, Curtis Potter and Jake Hooker. It is a mixture of originals and extremely well chosen covers, all which blend together perfectly for a great country album. This is a pure honky tonk album with all the elements of cheating and drinking and other excesses that represent the truly great things about country music. Nashville has reverted to plastic tales; these are real; escapist maybe but they preserve what the traditions of country are all about.
"One More Drink and then I'll Go" is sung to the bottle itself. "Teardrops Don't Lie" tells of a gal who drinks at the bar. "I know she has a broken heart, 'cause teardrops don't lie". "You'd Be Home by Now", is a fine conversation between husband & wife (superbly played by Leona Williams). Leona also wrote "Somebody's Old Memory is Mine" a great cry in your beer number. "To Save My Wife" is one of 3 excellent songs by Jim Owen, who I am led to believe is the same Jim Owen who put out a tribute album to Hank Williams many years ago (called "The Show He never Gave"). "I'd Know You Anywhere" proves that Justin Tubb may be the most underrated songwriter in the history of country music. One of the new songs is the excellent "Tribute to Kitty Wells", with a terrific jaunty steel line courtesy of the great Dicky Overbey. There are shuffles and there are ballads. It is as good as country music gets.
Amber Digby is only in her mid 20s but has just about knocked the socks off all who have encountered her and her music. Her voice is strong and reminiscent of Loretta Lynn at her best. This is not some idle comparison. She is that good!! The songs are well chosen. The interplay between Dicky Overbey on Bobby Flores on steel and fiddle is as good as on any album in the history of country music. The covers avoid the overly familiar and it is tribute to the lady that she has the sense to record songs by the excellent, but largely ignored, Linda Hargrove and Lola Jean Dillon.
We are generally only visited by the likes of Daniel O'Donnell or Isla Grant who seem to be promoted by a bunch of the lesser community radio stations for reasons I cannot or will not attempt to ponder. Justin Trevino and Amber Digby are all class. They live and breathe the music.
The promoter is taking a chance in presenting Amber and Justin and he deserves success. I can vouch for the music of both artists and can assure you that you will see a show which will stay with you for many years to come. PLEASE, consider going. I am afraid if it isn't a success we will not be privileged to any more acts of a similar ilk. Success will guarantee more small label acts will honour us with their presence. It is in your hands. I have no connection with the promotion of these shows except that I know we must get off our bums and make them happen. It is indeed a rare opportunity we have been given. Make the most of it.
5th November Melbourne Slovenian Club, Bangholm
6th November Melbourne Saloon, Braybrook
8th November Sydney Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL.
10thNovember Brisbane Pioneer Village Petrie.
Ticketing via Ticketmaster 7 (or at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL in Sydney).
George Jones - "Hits I Missed ...and One I Didn't" $32 This may be the best selection of songs that George has ever recorded. However, there are considerable signs that the great Jones' voice has started to decline. He can still do well in the mid range but the highs and lows see him struggle more than a little. Mostly though he gets by, thanks largely to the excellent production by Keith Steagall. You are mostly drawn in by the excellence of the material and the Alan Jackson and Mark Chesnutt classics ("Here in the Real World" and "Too Cold at Home" respectively) are both given his best. Willie's "Funny How Time Slips Away" is one of the greatest songs ever written and a natural for George to cover. Vern Gosdin's "If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong" and Tom T's brother, Hillman Hall's excellent "Pass Me By, If You're Only Passing Through" show at least that his interpretive skills are still a strong as ever. "Blues Man" is certainly not the strongest track though John Laws is playing it, albeit it off a radio cdx compilation, and not the cd.....mustn't be part of the sponsorship product. The new version of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" may not have the soaring vocal of the original but is a fine effort nonetheless. The word graceful may not be one you'd normally associate with George Jones but this album is exactly that....and certainly not to be missed.
Katy Moffatt - "Up Close & Personal" $32 First live album from Katy, and anyone who had the privilege of seeing her during her all too brief Australian tour in the late 90s will be champing at the bit to get a copy. Unfortunately a lot of editing appears to have been done to the introductions and we miss out on a lot of the background to the songs. Highlight is the superb song, "I Know the Difference Now", written by her brother Hugh Moffatt (and sadly now out of the music industry). An extremely hard working engaging performer with a great dexterity on guitar this is an ideal way to find out about Katy though if it is a "Greatest Hits" she ain't never had none and if a "Best Of" I don't know how it could be ever limited to just 16 tracks. A stunning natural beauty, the back cover photograph probably captures her true look better than any other I have seen.
Junior Brown - "The Austin Experience - Recorded Live at the Continental Club" $32 You know a live album is going to be good when you have liked everything an artist has done, but inevitably have a few favourite tracks and you find those tracks are even better than the original. Such a case is "I Hung It Up" which clocks in at over 8 minutes and has one of the best defined rhythm tracks ever put on a country song. It gives Junior the chance to let rip on his guit-steel and he obliges with some of the finest picking you are ever likely to hear, and then some. There are two excellent new tracks. "Lifeguard Larry" is one of Junior's typically witty outings and naturally a joy to hear. On the other hand, "Juan Charasquado" is a real departure. I guess departures are things we have come to expect from Junior as he is such an eccentric artist but this one is sung in Spanish and features the peerless accordion playing of Flaco Jiminez. As always Junior has delivered the goods!
Billy Joe Shaver - "The Real Deal" $32 I always like to compare notes with Billy Joe Shaver fans. I don't like the album "Live at Smith's Bar" (aka "Electric Shaver"), whilst I like his albums like "Highway of Life", most of "Tramp on Your Street" and of course his extraordinary debut, "Old Five and Dimers Like Me". The reasons are pretty obvious. The raunchy Shaver may appeal to some but the gentler side is preferred and he focuses on that side of things on this gem. Nanci Griffith is fine on "Valentine" (not the Willie Nelson song; everything but the bonus 17th track "Feliz Navidad" are Billy Joe originals) and "West Texas Waltz" (with Kimmie Rhodes ) has a thematic likeness of sorts to "Rosemary & the Jack of Hearts". Kimmie's husband, Joe Gracey, acts as Billy Joe's co-producer and for once Lloyd Maines acts purely as a side man. Some of his dobro work is first class. As liner note writer, Kinky Friedman so appropriately points out, "Aunt Jessie's Chicken Ranch" is destined to become an all time cowboy classic. Billy Joe may look a tad on the fragile side but you'd never know it by the power of his performance. One of his very best albums, and I still believe the largely acoustic style works best for him. To be enjoyed on ever level.
Patty Loveless - "Dreamin' My Dreams" $32 I must admit a slight disappointment after the wonderful performances on her previous albums, "Mountain Soul" and "A Long Way Home" (I guess you could even throw in her Christmas album, "Bluegrass & White Snow"...which is right up there with Emmylou's "Light of the Stable"). Along with these albums we were presented with "The Definitive", a terrific & comprehensive compilation of her MCA work, which was almost uniformly excellent. That is a lot to live up to and Patty almost succeeds in doing so. The tender "When Being Who You Are is Not Enough", in which Patty gets a hand from Emmylou Harris is sure to be a favourite as the bluegrass romp "Big Chance". A couple of songs tend to the modern Nashville sound whilst a couple of hidden tracks detract a little. "Dreamin' My Dreams" is given a beautiful reading by Patty but "Never Ending Song Of Love", which has been oft covered is just okay (even with Dwight Yoakam as guest vocalist). I still love the album but not as much as the previous ones, though I know many will disagree with me and I do appreciate that. One thing for sure, she is all class and will never become a dreaded diva.
Clint Black - "Drinkin' Songs & Other Logic" $32 It must be said that Clint Black's debut "Killin' Time" (and yes we have some at the pittance of $18) is one of the best country albums of the last 25 years, wherein he comes across as a young Merle Haggard with great vocals and songs to match. It hasn't been matched along the way and truth is if you were compiling an hour long Clint Black "Best Of" you'd have "Killin' Time" in its entirety and as many tracks off the 10 or so other Black albums that you could cram in. This is a reflection both of the merit of his debut and the general disappointment of his subsequent work. The honky tonk songs on this are a joy. The title track has him sounding like a one man Brooks & Dunn. He rattles off the names of some classic songs of the genre as part of the "Drinkin' Songs and Other Logic ...get me Through". Great! "Heartaches" is also very good. "Code of the West" is an okay western flavoured which sounds like something off recent Royal Wade Kimes albums. "Rainbow in the Rain" is a title you'd hate and the song itself would justify that feeling. "Undercover Cowboy" with wah-wah guitar and fiddle opener will find your mind wandering and rightly so. Seemingly the album has been stacked. "Go It Alone" makes it 3 ordinary songs to follow up the 3 excellent openers. "A Big One" is another full on honky tonker and ....a beauty. "I Don't Wanna Tell You" continues the honky tonk trend and it is an easy swinging number which has some nice steel passages and even a little honky tonk piano. Good one. So, you get the picture. It still isn't "Killin' Time" but it has some excellent moments, some middling moments and a couple of duffers.
Sara Evans - "Real Fine Place!" $32 Speaking of fabulous debuts, Sara's "Three Chords & the Truth" is right up there. She shows, on that album, that she is a country vocalist of the highest order. She has generally maintained a fairly traditional stance although there have been a few departures along the way. Regrettably those departures have been successful. Feed slop and the pigs will love it, but some will also see it as mere slop. "Coalmine" sounds like it could be an up-tempo number off a Patty Loveless album. "Real Fine Place to Start" has the ingredients of a top of the pops special. "Cheatin' "is much more like it. She really rubs it in to her ex and his downsized lifestyle. "That's what you get for cheatin'". Love the bitchiness of it. Great song. Notice how the songs most in keeping with the traditions of country music are the best. It is apparent that she is a vocalist of the highest order, something also borne out in the ballad "The Secrets That We Keep". The album is certainly not as spectacularly country as her debut, nor as unspectacularly crossover as recent efforts (save the appalling "Momma's Night Out"). I don't know whether Sara has just bought a solarium or has discovered some African American roots but the cover has her looking like Donna Summer's long lost twin sister.
Wendall Adkins - "Honky Tonkin' Texas Style - Hell Yeah" $32 First ever cd from an artist who was more like Waylon than Waylon. Not quite so much here, and in fact this is a fine outlaw. He doesn't write much at best and all songs here are well chosen even if the credits are a little sloppy in places. Johnny Cash didn't write "Rock Island Line" (part of the Cash medley) for example. A couple of rather obscure David Allan Coe songs are the album's meat & potatoes. This is a live album of fairly recent vintage. It would be nice to see some of his old albums on cd.
Kevin Johnson - "Best" $32 The fact is that Kevin Johnson is one of our best singer songwriters who, unfortunately, has had most of his albums deleted in his native Australia. This is from Repertoire, a very good German label, and has 20 tracks clocking in at 78mins40secs. The selections may have been a little different had it been compiled domestically (no "Over the Hills & Far Away" for example) but it does have his versions of the much covered "Rock & Roll I Gave You the Best Years of My Life", "Man of the 20th Century"& "Grab the Money & Run".
Freddy Fender & Flaco Jiminez - "Dos Amigos" $32 New album by half the Texas Tornados. It is all Tex Mex and in Spanish, though some of the spoken asides in English are pretty hilarious and indicative that a great time was had by all during the recording. Apparently Flaco is not in the best of health (stocks in 2 breweries went down on the news) but you wouldn't know it with his unparalleled dexterity on the accordion. Freddy, is also not going to be a contender in the Boston marathon but his distinctive vocals have never sounded better.
Dean Miller - "Platinum" $30 There must be easier ways to make it than being the son (or daughter) of someone who has been recognised as one of the all time greats of the industry. Roger Miller was that and then some. Both as a performer and writer and more, Roger Miller was a much loved and revered figure, who still had to contend with a whole bunch of demons, not the least of which was an addiction to "recreational" drugs. Dean had one album out on Capitol Records before being dropped and this album has been coming for at least 6-7 years. Had to admit I found it pretty heavy going. The last track, "Music Executive" is easily the most memorable; a hard hitting but humorous tale about the guy who "maxes out my expense account while you sit there and starve". This is followed closely by a cover of Roger's "I've Been a Long time Leaving". Unfortunately, too much of this album is not that memorable. "Hard Love" is however a fine opening number even if it borrows a little too much from "Get Rhythm". I have always thought Fred Eaglesmith a fair writer though nowhere near being a John Prine as a lot rate him. His song "105" will certainly do nothing to change that.
Trisha Yearwood - "Jaspar County" $30 Trisha looks a million dollars. Years of double trips to the smorgasbord table have been wiped away and she looks a real knockout. She has never sounded better either but then again she would sound good singing the alphabet. Mind you that would have been preferable to some of the songs herein which are plodding to say the least. They start, they are "pretty", they are inoffensive and then gone. Backing is nice, with Brian Sutton and Mac McAnnally being standouts on guitar. I always liked her first album. She just needs a bit more light and shade and perhaps one of Stan Freberg's pointy sticks in her now less than bountiful arse. If you know what I'm talking about I don't need to explain.
Banjo & Sullivan - "The Ultimate Collection 1972-1978" $28 This is a hoot. A pair of non existent musicians murdered by a group of escapees back in 1978. Actually it is a country album; think a more country less bluegrassy and in every way better version of Hayseed Dixie. Assembled under the direction of heavy rocker Robb Zombie, the actual recording features Jess Dayton on vocals, backed by an assemblage of some of the best Texas has to offer. Zombie seemingly only has an executive producer role. The songs are pretty darn funny and you certainly need to observe the "explicit content" warning that applies to the album. Titles include, "I'm at Home Getting Hammered (While she's out getting nailed)", "I'm Trying to Quit But I Just Quit Trying". "Lord Don't Let Me Die in a Cheap Hotel" etc.
Gene Watson - "Then & Now" $32 Gene Watson is certainly up in the veteran stage but remains one of the best country singers and song interpreters of all time. There is a great bunch of musicians on this album, the first I can recall as being solely produced by Gene. Acoustic guitarist Bobby All, must have forged a bond with Gene when he was on Step One label. Other standouts include Hargus Robbins on piano and Hoot Hester on fiddle. The tracks are a mix of newly recorded updates from previous albums and new songs. "Back in the Fire" and "The Jukebox Played Along" are from his classic album "Back in the Fire", still his best work. These versions are right up there. 13 tracks in all. And not a dud among them.
Rodney Crowell - "Outsider" $32 Nice follow up to the "Houston Kid" and its follow up, "Fate's Right Hand". All songs are written by Rodney except for a duet cover (with Emmylou) of Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm". The latter part of Crowell's career has seen some of his best work. This is less country flavoured than the previous two. The more countrier moments are to be found on the second half of the cd. Don't think it is a heavy album at all. "Ignorance is the Enemy" is closely aligned to "Don't Get Me Started" and features spoken pieces by both John Prine and Emmylou Harris; a somewhat weird track that manages to work in spite of itself. "Things That Go Bump in the Day" is a nice play on words. Don't expect anything like "Diamonds & Dirt" style country on this album, though if you like the previous two you'll surely go for this.
Brad Paisley - "Time Well Wasted" $30 Brad Paisley's song "Alcohol" is probably the most unreservedly timeless country song since Gary Allan's "Don't Tell Mama". Like Allan's song, "Alcohol" could be presented as is by Roy Acuff in the 40s or Faron Young in the 50s and not be any less relevant or convincing (though maybe Roy would have left out the line about 'naked pictures at the beach'). With 16 songs and duets with Dolly Parton and Alan Jacksn AND (there's still more) a guest appearance by James Burton there is great value here.
Leona Williams - "I Love You Because" $32 What a line-up! Junior Brown on lead guitar, Bobby Flores on fiddle and Amber Digby and Justin Trevino this is arguably Leona's best ever album. She wrote 9 of the 12 songs herein and sings them with style. She dedicates the Leon Payne title song to Ferlin Huskey. Heaven forbid could she be Mrs Huskey mark 6,7 or 8 (one of those must be correct).
Tom Russell - "Raw Vision: The Tom Russell Band 1984-1994" $32 This is a retrospective of 12 songs from his Philo label albums as well as 3 excellent but previously unreleased demos. Two of his most fanous songs, 'Navajo Rug' and "Gallo Del Cielo" are presented here in their definitive versions as duets with Ian Tyson. "Haley's Comet", about the pathetic last days of Bill Haley and the blue collar anthem "U.S.Steel" are just some of the many highlights. A truly wonderful artist who everybody seems to like (except for perhaps his latest album, "Hotwalker").
Mike Bella - "Lost in the Shuffle" $32 Mike would be hard to pick in a police line-up as he has seemingly changed his appearance on every album he has released (hasn't he heard of DNA). Again the content is most pleasing. His easy going style is slightly reminiscent of George Strait and the songs are well chosen (without being overly familiar) covers. Good to hear Hubert "Hoot" Hester on fiddle. There are few better. 12 songs in all and a little bird tells me we could see Mike on these shores if the Justin Trevino/Amber Digby show is a success, so please keep that in mind! Though I dare say in the familiarity stakes Justin and Amber would be Hank Williams & Kitty Wells in comparison.
Hanna-McEuen - "Hanna - McEuen" $30 Jaime Hanna and Jonathan McEuen are cousins. They are also sons of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band legends Jeff Hanna & John McEuen. They were introduced to us on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken III" and to be honest were so good doing the song "Lowland" that the accompanying dvd featured that song no less than 3 times! They remind me a lot of Foster & Lloyd, especially on the opening track, "Fool Around". Come to think of it they look a little like Foster & lloyd as well. That is a compliment believe me. Foster and Lloyd only put out 3 albums but they were all of the highest order. The songs here are strong, although they have only co-written one out of the 12. They are definitely worth pursuing.
Todd Snider - "That Was Me 1994-1998" $32 Lengthy 18 tracker which collects songs from his MCA albums, "Songs for the Daily Planet", "Step Right Up" and "Viva Satellite". All are characterised by his slightly left of centre humour. The originals are all deleted so here is an ideal way of picking up the cream of his crop.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore - "Come on Back" $30 Jimmie manages to bring new life to a bunch of songs we would be mostly pretty familiar with. It probably sounds like a stretch that anybody could bring new life to songs we all know so well , but Jimmie Dale manages it. His version of "Jimmie Brown the Newsboy" may be the best ever though his "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down", "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" aren't far behind. 13 tracks altogether, concluding with a sombre "Peace in the Valley". The album is dedicated to his mother but features songs which were favourites of his father who sadly passed away with Lou Gehrig's disease. Aided and abetted by Joe Ely this is not to be missed.
Carl Belew - Hits Plus Ones I've Written $32 First cd from a man who is probably best known for songs he has written for other people, but a fine singer in his own right. Has 19 songs highlighted by the huge hit "Am I That Easy to Forget".
Joy Lynn White – "One More Time" $32 Brand new album by the dynamic little redhead, this time produced by Kyle Lehning and right there with her first two albums, "Between Midnight & Hindsight" and "Wild Love" as far as quality goes. Bear in mind the Dixie Chicks raided her first couple of albums for songs and did little to change them. Songs such as "Girls With Apartments (In Nashville)" are all about the difficulties of making dreams come true. "If You Want My Heart" is a tender country ballad with gentle dobro, guitar fiddle & string bass backing. "A Certain Boy" is a feminine take on an early Warren Zevon track. Welcome album with the production skills of Randy Travis' long time producer suiting her work down to the ground.
Merle Haggard - Chicago Wind $32 Brand new album of all new material on the Capitol label. Last year's album "Unforgettable" was a covers album. This album also sees Haggard with Jimmy Bowen, the man who was at the helm of Capitol Records then basically had a 10 year hiatus. Haggard shows he has both the voice and writing skills to be pumping out quality albums for some time yet. His two political numbers are right up there with "Me & Cripple Soldiers" from the great "Blue Jungle" album whilst his vocal on "Leaving's Not the Only Way to Go" will knock your socks off. The title track has a jazzy flavour. Merle Haggard is the most popular artist we have ever sold; more popular than the likes of Waylon, Willie, Cash, Emmylou etc. Don't miss it!
Mountain Gospel: The Sacred Roots of Country Music $70 JSP box set 100 rare tracks to say the least. Artists include Wade Mainer, Dixie reelers, Byron Parker, Coon Creek Girls, Carolina Ramblers, Southern Melody Boys, the Blue Ridge Singers etc and ....then we have some obcure artists (that's a joke Joyce). Early white country gospel.
Sounds Like Jimmie Rodgers: Stars That Followed the Master $70 JSP 4 cd box set featuring a complete cd of the earliest Gene Autry and also a sizeable portion of The Texas Drifter, Bill Cox, the Victor Ernest Tubb sides, Frankie Marvin etc. Well presentd & good value.
Also on JSP:
**Darby & Tarlton - Country Bluesmen $70 (transferred from cds from the Joe Bussard collection.
**Worried Blues - The Complete Commercial Output of Frank Hutcgison & Kelly Harrell $70 99 tracks
**Bluegrass Early 1931-1953 $70 Cuts includes Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, Lilly Brothers, Jim Eanes, J E Mainer, Wade Mainer & Roy Hall
** Cajun Early Recordings: Important Swamp Hits Remastered $70 102 tracks including Joe Falcon, Leo Soleau, Cleoma Breaux & more.
Wayne Kemp - "One Song at a Time" $30 Wayne Kemp has been one of Nashville's premier honky tonk songwriters over the years but has always been a great singer as well, even if often misguided in the choice of record companies he has chosen to record for. He sings them in a style comparable to that of George Jones. "Don't Send Me No Angels" was a perfect song for Ricky Van Shelton and the song co-written with Mack Vickery, "The Fireman", is given a rousing rendition by Wayne. Not all the songs are as well known as these two but it is great to have a legitimate Wayne Kemp cd.
Linda Hargrove - "One Woman's Life" $32 First ever cd from the original blue jean country queen (the title of one of her early albums) Her style is somewhat reminiscent of Linda Ronstadt from that period. A period of self doubt, followed by a period when she only recorded religious songs is apparently behind her as is hopefully the leukaemia which knocked her in the 90s. These songs all sound refreshing. Back in her hard drinking days she co-wrote "Tennessee Whiskey" with Dean Dillon and her version is included here. Also included is a co-write with Mike Nesmith. She was playing guitar on a Nesmith session and co-wrote "I've Never Loved Anyone More", which she included on her original Elektra album from 1973. She has produced an excellent sounding independent with great musicians such as Hoot Hester on fiddle and Sam Bush on mandolin.
Highwaymen - "Road Goes on Forever" Expanded edition $32 cd only Limited edition with dvd as well goes on sale mid November. The cd sounds good but the bonus tracks are not that exciting though it is interesting to note Waylon's "I Ain't Song" appeared on one of his best albums, "Right for the Time" as "Living Legends Pt II" . The improved sound and notes should be rated ahead of the bonus tracks. The limited edition version with a dvd will be mid November release. The price will be a fair bit higher...not sure what as yet.
Faron Young - "Story Songs for Country Folks" $25 (Canetoad) Well put together release on Sydney's Canetoad label with 30 Mercury tracks running in at an impressive 75 minutes playing time. Some of his best work is contained herein and it has not previously been on cd. "Rhinestones" is one of Merle Kilgore's best ever songs. He cut a few excellent story songs for Mercury and there are some fine selections from those on this cd such as "Share Cropper's Family", "The Old Court House" (a rare narration), "The Yellow Bandana" (from his western flavoured album) and more. Nice sound too.
Tracy Lawrence - Then & Now $32 2 new songs out of 17; "If I Don't Make it Back" is the almost obligatory war song (co written by Bob Pinson) and "Used to the Pain". Still one of the best voices and the newer versions are right up there and sometimes even surpass the originals.
Jon Randall - "Walking Among the Living" $32 Was Randy Stewart when he played as a member of the Nash Ramblers...a top drawer guitarist and fine tenor vocalist....shades of Vince Gill. As a solo artist he has had somewhat of a chequered career with possibly his best album, up until this anyway, "Cold Coffee Morning" being totally cancelled even though finished. This features his "Whiskey Lullaby" which was a hit for Brad Paisley. Patty Loveless adds harmony to the cheating song "I Shouldn't Do This". I don't know if it is good as "Cold Coffee Morning" but it comes close.
Ten in Texas $25 Ray Benson assembled 10 Texas artists to do songs by other Texas artists. The house band is assembled around the steel of Lloyd Maines, the guitar of Ray Benson and the fiddle of Jason Roberts.
Full list of songs & participants.
**Ruthie Foster - Texas Cookin'
**Carolyn Wonderland - Honky Tonk Heroes
**Aaron Watson - True Love Ways
**Joe Ely - Sunday Morning Coming Down
**Gary P Nunn - Lone Star Beer & Bob Wills Music
**Asleep at the Wheel - The Other Woman
**Terri Hendrix - Cowboy
**Dale Watson - The Grand Tour
**Johnny Bush/Cornell Hurd - There's aLlittle Bit of Everything in Texas
**Willie Nelson - Mamas Don't Let Your Baby's Grow Up to be Cowboys
Martina McBride - "Timeless" $32 Redemption! After several albums seemingly designed to annoy all her early fans Martina returns with an album of 18 country standards all given a nice interpretations. She makes "Rose Garden" sound refreshing, which may have seen to be a stretch and a half but she achieves it. Thankfully the rest of the tracks are not so predictable. "Once a Day", "Make the World Go Away", "I'll Be There" are all very nice...maybe a few more rougher edges would have helped but I like this album a lot...compared to her recent efforts it is absolute and total love. Guest vocalists include Dolly Parton, Rhonda Vincent and Dwight Yoakam.
Dolly Parton - Those Were the Days $25 A covers album done in Dolly's inimitable style with a bunch of special guests including Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Judy Collins, Keith Urban (on an up-tempo bluegrass romp through "Twelfth of Never"), Kris Kristofferson, Yusef Islam (a.k.a Cat Stevens...on "Where Will the Children Play") as well as some heady things such as "The Cruel War", originally done by Peter, Paul & Mary as well as a fairly straight treatment of "Imagine". The title track features the nowadays seldom heard vocals of Mary Hopkin along with Porter Wagoner. Mostly pretty decent stuff.
John Williamson (no not him) - The Whiskey & the Highway $30 Second album by the man from the US state of Georgia is even better than his first. The production is infinitely better and the songs have a conversational style about them which is extremely appealing. I'd suggest he would be well liked by fans of John Prine. Many of the songs are concerned with hard times in growing up and certainly are not all autobiographical, though some certainly are. "Bottle of Whiskey" is about a man who falls into trouble throughout his life and takes the convenient way out...it wasn't his fault it was the bottle of whiskey. Now he is on death row he comes to the conclusion that excuse is no longer valid. "Mama Never Gave Up" is a terrific melodrama about a mother bringing up a family alone. There are some wonderful instrumental moments. The lap steel, dobro and slide playing of Johnny B Bellar is mind-boggling on "Cheyenne" (in particular) but throughout the album the instrumental support is stunning. "Don't Do Like I Do" is a somewhat wayward father's message to his son. Many of the songs have a theme of alcohol abuse...with the singer suggesting but not quite getting to the point of condemning such actions even though he knows he should. It would be fair to say there are as many boozy references as there are in a Liquorland catalogue. "This is My Life" is the story of a stone mason who works for a boss who is never satisfied but continues to do so to support his family. This album reminds me a lot of Rodney Crowell's "Houston Kid", in that it is hard to pick where the truth starts and the fiction ends. It is a wonderful album. We'll just have to get him to do something about the name!
Billy D Hunter - "Country Souvenirs" $32 14 tracks by an artist who enjoys most of his popularity in Europe. Some of the album was recorded in RCA's historic Nashville studio. Includes a guest appearance
by Dick Curless, recorded just before his passing. "Liquid Salvation" sounds like it should have been on the previously mentioned John Williamson album!
Jamie Oldaker - Mad Dogs & Okies $32 This is assembled by session drummer, Oldaker, who is in the process of making a film about Oklahoma's musical heritage. There is a mish-mash of styles. All the tracks are peculiar to this album. Full list of artists:
1) Vince Gill 9)Peter Frampton
2)Eric Clapton 10)Ray Benson
3)Taj Mahal (x2) 11)Steve Pryor
4)Willis Alan Ramsay(!) 12)JJ Cale
5)Zadig & Marcella 13)Willie Nelson with J J Cale
6)Tony Joe White
7)Bonnie Bramlett (x2)
Back in Stock
**Radney Foster - And Then There's Me: The Back Porch Sessions $32
Self produced unplugged album. One of his best two.
**Becky Hobbs - Songs from the Road of Life $32
** Gail Davies - Songwriter Sessions $38 2cds 45 tracks. Well presented package.
Neal McCoy - That's Life $32
Lonestar - Coming Home $30
JD Sumner & the Stamps – Treasury of Memories $30
Joan Baez – Bowery Songs $32 (v.nice..covers Earle, Dylan etc)
Ron Sexsmith & Don Kerr – Destination Unknown $32
Trick Pony – R I D E $32 ("Ain't Wastin' Good Whiskey on You!")
Ray Price – Collection cd + dvd $32 20 track cd plus 70s Ray Price in concert. Good value.
Due Soon (Most will be in when you get this)
DVDS Live from Austin $35 ea.
The series thus far has been superb; excellent quality and great performances. This marks the first in concert dvd for Dwight Yoakam and Texas Tornados. These are also available on cd but the dvds have more tracks and play all regions so that represents the best option.
Tommy Townsend - Southern Man $28 The title track features some of the last work of Waylon Jennings. The album is produced by former Waylon band member, Jerry Bridges. This has a distinctive outlaw feel about it and Tommy has a certain charm. As he is a regular at Tootsies Orchid Lounge we know he is the real deal as far as country music goes.
Carter Family & More – Early Country Radio $70 JSP box out of the UK. All the Mexican Border Radio shows and more. The first 2 cds are Carter Family…60 or so tracks. The 3rd cd features Charlie Monroe, Roy Hall and the Blue Ridge Mountaineers and J E Mainer. The Fourth cd has more Charlie Monroe, some Slim Reinhardt plus a Hank Williams March of Dimes show.
Blazing Bluegrass Proper box 4cds $55 Latest from the other UK box set reissuers who also produce quality sets at a value price. The 4 cds include 1cd each of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and Stanley Brothers. Some of you may have a lot of these tracks so may be worthwhile checking the titles. 4th cd is a mix so probably this would be best suitedto someone seeking an introduction, rather than someone who is already a hard core fan.
Johnny Horton – Country Legend $30 Single cd of his pre Columbia recordings which have only been available on cd before on a hefty Bear Family box set. 16 tracks, including "Smokey Joe's Barbecue", "Don Rovin' "Mean Mean Son of a Gun" etc.
Joe Nichols – III $30 The most traditional sounding of the new bunch with another fine album of strong country music. "Talk Me out of Tampa" has some eerie references to the impending approach of a hurricane…bit too close to the bone considering the trouble the US gulf states have gone through. "My Old Friend the Blues" is the oft-covered Steve Earle song, certainly one of the cleverest lyrics ever. "Size Matters" by the brilliant writing team of Mike Dekle & Byron Hill is about the size of one's love…spiritual love that is…you try and talk yourself out of a hole and end up digging in deeper.
Collin Raye – "Twenty Years & Change" $32 First for a new label. 12 new songs. When the material is as good as on albums such as "Extremes" few come close to Collin. Indications are this will be a good one.
Terri Clark – "Life Goes On" $32 The titles alone will tell you this is a return to the style of her early albums. Heard a rough copy several months ago and it is thumbs up. Track Listing: Life Goes On/ Damn Right/ She Didn't Have Time/ Cowboy Days/ Not Enough Tequila/ Bigger Windows/ I Wish He'd Been Drinking Whiskey/ Honky Tonk Song/ Travelin' Soul/ Everybody's Gotta Go Sometime/ Slow News Day/ Tear It All Down.
Marty Stuart – Badlands $32 This is a tribute album of sorts to Johnny Cash's infamous album "Bitter Tears" which in turn was a tribute to the songs and music of Peter LaFarge (Bear Family album "On the Warpath" features the powerful original versions of the songs covered by Cash and much more). This album consists of 13 Stuart originals plus a cover of J R Cash song "Big Foot". It is ultimately going to be a sad album about man's inhumanity to man. Promises to rival his "The Pilgrim" as a career album. His recent album of southern gospel, "Soul's Chapel" is still available and we may have some at $20.
Randy Travis - Glory Train $32 Full title, "Glory Train – Songs of Faith, Worship And Praise. 19 new tracks which are jointly released by Word & Warner Brothers.
Dean Dillon & Gary Stewart - BrotherlyLove/ Those Were the Days $25 A very strange mix with the 27 tracks being recorded between 1979 and 1983 (just when Dillon started to really make a name for himself as a writer for the likes of George Strait.) This consists of the tracks off the two lps that Dillon & Stewart made plus 11 solo Dillon tracks which were very much in the style of his solo Capitol albums, "Slick Nickel" and "I've Learned to Live" and now both close to impossible to find. These tracks were only ever available on 45. Cheating and drinking classics. Very very exciting stuff believe me.
Bobby Bare - The Moon Was Blue $32 At last the new Bobby Bare album, in when you get this. 11 new songs including classics such as "Yesterday When & I Was Young" and some new material as well.
Doc Watson & Family – Tradition $32 21 tracks recorded mid 60s. Rounder select label.
Claude Diamond - "Highway of Life" $30 If John Prine had stayed a postman and played local halls and pubs all his life he may have been "Claude Diamond". Have heard only snippets but treminds of Prine's style. Easy going songs....nice melodies.
The Gimbles - "A Case of the Gimbles" $30 First Album in a while by one of the greatest country fiddlers of all time. This time it is an all new album with I believe his son and daughter in tow.
Dark Holler - Old Love Songs & Ballads $32 Old timey stuff on Smithsonian Folkways which comes with cd & dvd the latter on a limited edition basis.
Troy Olsen - "Troy Olsen" $30 Hope it is as good as his previous.
Jon Rutherford - "Tonight's On Me" $30 New Texas honky tonker.
Kenny Chesney - Road & the Radio $32 Productive little devil isn't he!
Big & Rich –Coming to Your City $32
Montgomery Gentry – Something to Be Proud Of: The Best 1999-2005 $32
Carlene Carter - Carlene Carter /Blue Nun $34
Carlene Carter - Two Sides to evry Woman/ Musical Shapes $34 Two-fer reissues of Carlene's Warner Brothers albums. Not as godo as "I Fell in Love" etc but still pretty decent country rock. The latter album features Dave Edmunds.
Tanya Tucker – Live from Billy Bob Texas $35 Great series with lots of tracks and extras. THIS IS A REGION 1 DVD. I have many pre-orders to hand already. If you don't have a multi region dvd player you will not be able to play this disc. If in doubt please enquire & I will help you as much as possible.
Delmore Brothers – "Fifty Miles To Travel" $34 Second cd to be released on the mighty UK Ace label. Expect towards end of November. Many previously unreleased songs will be featured on this set.
Tom T Hall- In Search of a Song/ The Rhymer & Other Five & Dimers $34
Two more Tom T Hall's classic Mercury albums to be released on cd for the first time. Bear Family seemingly dropped the ball after releasing his first 4 albums and two-fers and we expect big things from this new two-fer. Many of Tom T's greatest story songs are contained on this set.
Jim Kweskin – Garden of Joy/America $32 Two albums on the one cd $32
Ray Stevens – Turn Your Radio On/ Misty $32 Two albums on one, the latter being one of his most popular with his highly original treatment of the title song….so original I named my cat after it.
Gene Watson – Because You Believed in Me/ Beautiful Country $34 Another eagerly sought collection of albums, from 1976 & 78 respectively. I can't wait to hear the latter of the two as it has his version of the wonderful Hank Cochran song "He Little Thinged Her". Both from Capitol Records. Reissue on UK Hux label.
Stoney Edwards - "Stoney Edwards/She's My Rock" $34 2 albums on 1 by the African American singer who sings in a vocal style highly reminiscent of Merle Haggard & Lefty Frizzell. The Edwards cd we have in the bargain cds is better overall and I'd suggest this would be for those who already had it.
Reba McEntire – Number 1's $32 end of November; Reba looks most foxy.
Merle Travis – Strictly Guitar $28
Buck Owens – In London $28
Speedy West – Guitar Spectacular $28
Recap: Potential Album of the Year
We always publish our best of year list in the first newsletter of the following year but let me tell you it will be a miracle if the winner doesn't come from these....in current order of favouritism.
Miss Leslie & Her Juke Jointers _ "Honky Tonk Revival $32 Hard to believe that after declaring Amber Digby the best female cd I have ever had in our then 15 year & now 16 year history something should come along that I would at least rate as highly as the wonderful Amber. I would rate this higher in some aspects, namely the song selection with a seamless mix of originals and covers. The truth is the style is not that original being steeped in the honky tonk, hard country and rockabilly sounds of days gone by (with a little Buck Owens chucked in). Truth is they do it so well it comes across as being fresh. Miss Leslie recounts how she sent a copy of the cd to a venue with a potential interest in booking the band. When she followed this up she was told the venue was declining as "the music sounded too old country and the girl sounded too much like Patsy Cline". As Miss Les so appropriately puts it...."This supposed to be a NEGATIVE thing???". Sorry Amber your pedestal is looking a might crowded. By the way Leslie is more influenced by Connie Smith and no sir, that is not a negative, at all!
Marti Brom - Sings Heartache Numbers $32 Justin Trevino produced with many of the personnel being present on the amber Digby album as well. Marti offers 13 songs plus a hidden track of "Heartaches by the Numbers". All the other tracks have a number in their title from "One Way Ticket to the Blues" through to "13 Steps Away". Liner notes by Wanda Jackson find her in full approval of the fabulous Marti. Has a similar feel to the second Mandy Barnett album , "I've Got a Right to Cry". Simply put, not to be missed.
Rick Sousley - "Patsy Proof" $32 Hard to believe that the title track couldn't be a number one hit. It is right up there with the modern classics of the "Here in the Real World", "Too Cold at Home" ilk. But there are many other great moments mostly steeped in a Texas honky tonk tradition. "!6 Bars from Luckenbach", "Climbing the Walls", "Mr Whiskey" etc. Rick is the real deal.
Lonnie Spiker - "Unapologetically Honky Tonk" $32 A bit to get your teeth around the title but hell, who cares. It features a great version of Red Simpson's "Close Up the Honky Tonk" (done as a duet with Johnny Bush) plus some well chosen western swing moments ("Let's Face the Music") and some nicely chosen ballads in "I've Got Some Hurtin' to Do". Of course the obligatory beer drinking honky songs are there but that is what country music is all about.
We are getting more and more dvds in. Basically we are not carrying anything that is released in Australia. Remember when buying an imported dvd that you may need a MULTIREGION player for it to work. If in doubt best to pass. We are getting a bunch of TV show reissues as well as musical dvds. We have been listing dvds as they come over the course of our newsletters and will do a full list in the early part of 2006.
Some of the most popular recent dvds are:
Adventures of Superman Season One $85 Box set of all the season one episodes with the "Superman & the Mole Men" also included. You can get Christopher Reeve out here but not George. "Look up in the Sky, It's a bird, it's a plane". We all know it and don't know about you but I love it. Season 2 available January 2006
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season One$80 39 episodes from Season one
Quirky black magic style stories.
Have Gun Will Travel Season One $100
Have Gun Will Travel Season Two $100
Classic ultra cool western from the early days of tv. Richard Boone was the model for many cool cowboys of more recent times.
Season Three to come out early 2006
Benny Hill Vol1/2/3 $80 each Lengthy (around 10 hours each) sets
Adam 12 Season One $80
Emergency Season One $80
McCloud Season One $80 Three popular tv shows that won't be reissued in Australia.
Munsters Season One $110
Munsters Season Two $110
F Troop $25 A selection from tv shows.
Beverly Hillbillies Collection Vol 1 $70
Petticoat Junction Collection Vol 1 $70 Let me point out that these are the only official issues of these great tv shows. You can buy some out here but essentially they are unauthorised and of poor quality, obviously not from the original tapes as these ones are. Also the unauthorised ones do not have the famous theme song. It's all here on these. They are put out by the Paul Henning family, who and only who own the rightst o the original. Bet you didn't know that it was going to be called just "The Hillbillies" and this title appears on the pilot.
This Is Your Life Box $80 18 remastered shows from early 50s on. Would pay double merely for the Roy Rogers show which is one of the best and most moving things I have ever seen. The Johnny Cash show is also pretty darn good. Some fascinating stuff with Vincent Price, Lou Costello, Jesse Owens etc.
Third Rock from the Sun Season One $80
Third Rock From the Sun Season Two $80
Absolutely hilarious tv show.
Coal Miner's Daughter 25th Anniversary Edition $35
Dennis Locorriere - "Alone With Dennis Locorriere" $35 More than 2 hours with the voice of Dr Hook.
Wynonna - "Her Story: Scenes from a Lifetime" $35 26 tracks plus interviews etc.
Carter Family - Willthe Circle Be Unbroken $35 PBS documentary. Well compiled with some facinating insights.
Hootenanny the DVD $35 Artists include: Joe Strummer, John Doe, Lee Rocker, Russell Scott, Rocket From the Crypt, The Blasters, James Intveld, Manic Hispanic, Nekromantix, The Paladins, Dave Alvin, Tex and the Horseheads, Cadillac Tramps, Hot Rod Lincoln, Junior Brown, and Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords.
Loretta Lynn - Songs of Inspiration $35
Eddy Arnold - Eddy Arnold Sings $35
Crystal Gayle - In Concert $35
Still Swinging 2dvds $40 All the best of Bob Wills 5 hrs!
1)Time Tunnel Volume On2)Leave it to Beaver Season One3)Green Acres Season three 4)Rockford Files 5)Brady Bunch Season Four
6)Partridge Family Season two7)Remington Steel Season two
8)Fantasy Island Season One ( the plane!the Plane!)9)Huckleberry Hound box set10) Yogi Bear Box set11)Gunsmoke Vol 1 & 2
**Johnny Cash - "The Man Called Cash: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend" $28 Last biography about the great man.
** Johnny Cash - "Cash The Autobiography" - Patrick Carr $25
** Naomi Judd "Love Can Build A Bridge" $28
** Brenda Lee " Little Miss Dynamite- with Robert Oermann & Julie Clay' $25 Nice read.
** Lefty Frizzell " The Honky Tonk Life of Country Music's Greatest Singer" - Daniel Cooper. $28 Now deleted. Must have. Warts & all and a truly great read.
** Eddy Arnold "Pioneer of the Nashville Sound" - Michael Streissguth $30 Comprehensive with nice discography.
** "Workin' Man Blues - Country Music in California" - Gerald W haslam $35 Great book.
** Merle Haggard "My House of Memories- For the Record" with Tom Carter $28 last copy.
** Willie Nelson - "The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes" $25
** George Jones - " Why Baby Why" Jim Brown (soft cover) $25 Good warts & all book.
** Roy Orbison " Only the Lonely- The Roy Orbison Story" 10th Anniversary Special Edition $25 (soft cover) Alan Clayson
**Prisonaires "Just Walkin' in the Rain - The true Story of a Convict Quintet" by Jay Warner $25
**Steve Earle -"Hardcore Troubadour -The Life and Near Death of Steve Earle" (hard cover) $28 last copy
Bear Family Releases
There should be another lot of Bear Family releases before year's end so I think I may wait and combine the two. The early November releases are as follows:
*Everly Brothers - "The Price of Fame 1960-65" 7cds + huge hard cover book $300/ This is a box set of their Warner Brothers recordings. These have released in various forms over the years, most recently as individual albums on Collector's Choice label.
*David Allan Coe - Unchained/Son of the South $32 The second is one of the best albums of Coe's long career. The opening track "Love Is a Never Ending War" is one of the funniest I have ever heard. Coe plays the part of a guy on a bus who awakes to find two veterans (US talk for ex servicemen) about to share a bottle. Coes tells us: "I showed them scars and stitches inflicted by Maria, but I never thought that'd get me a drink so I blamed it on Korea". There are also great contributions from Willie, Waylon & Jessie Colter. I once had the pleasure of meeting the great man and I blurted out that I thought this his best album. With true humility he agreed...."yes, one of my best!" What a guy!
*David Allan Coe - A Matter of Life And Death Plus $32 Completes his CBS catalogue reissue series. We carry them all.
The ANDMOREBEARS label will now also be available from Bear Family. Despite the fact it is in essence owned by the same people who own Bear Family but for reasons I couldn't determine they chose to treat them differently & I had a hell of a time getting them.
*Greetings from Texas $32
*Greetings from Tennessee $32
*Greetings from Hawaii $32
*Greetings from Oklahoma $32
*Greetings from Georgia $32
*Greetings from Alabama $32
These are impressive compilations to be expanded in the future. They offer 30 or so songs themed on the particular state. The good thing is they don't go for the obvious tracks. The "Texas" one for example features Rex Allen & Tex Williams' great duet "Two Texas Boys" ( where the name Tex or Rex Ain't a dog). Greatr stuff amd nicely packaged.
Town Hall Party Dvds
**Merle Travis $45
**Johnny Bond $45 nice digipak presentation....rare stuff indeed.
Hank Williams III Curb records has posted to their website that the upcoming new release, tentatively titled, "Straight To Hell" will be in stores Tuesday, February 7th. Distribution issues (i.e. the "No. 1 CD retailer in the world", refusing to sell the album at their stores) have resulted in the release date being changed a few times, so hopefully, this time, things have been worked out.
Hank recently had this to say about the release:
It's two CDs. The first CD's got 13 songs, anything from heartbreak songs to hell-raisin' songs, drinkin' and druggin' songs. You know, just the more, I hate to say it - outlaw-oriented, if you want to look at it that way. The second CD has one acoustic song, then one 42-minute hidden track that starts with a song we recorded on a 4-track. Naturally we will have it as soon as it is available.
Catherine Britt Who knows?? This was going to be a 2004 release if you remember correctly…Absence makes the heart grow fonder or does it make one say Catherine who?? I hope the record company knows what they are doing.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Live at Royal Albert Hall dvd appears to have vanished off all the release sheets so we can consider it cancelled I guess…
Jeff Bates – Good People Another uncertain release date.
New releases from *BR549 *Josh Turner *Rosanne Cash
Collector's Choice Always on sale. A great US label, akin somewhat to Bear Family. Always the original tapes.
Amazing Rhythm Aces Stacked Deck/Too Stuffed Jump $25
Amazing Rhythm Aces Toucan Do It/ Burning Ballroom $25
Anderson, Lynn Greatest Hits $25 (all the GH albums
have 20-25 tracks)
Beau Brummels Bradley's Barn $20 (country rock)
Brennan, Walter Old Rivers/ Christmas 2on1 $25
Britt, Elton RCA Years $25
Brothers Four Brothers Four/BMOC $25
Brothers Four In Person/Cross Country $25
Brothers Four Sing Our Times/Honeywind Blows$25
Canova, Judy Ozark Nightingale $20
Cooley, Spade Spadedoodlin' $22
Dean, Jimmy Complete Columbia Hits & More $25
Duncan, Johnny It Couldn't Have Been Any Better $25
Elliott, Ramblin' Jack Bull Durham $20
Elliott, Ramblin' Jack Young Brigham $20
Evans, Dale Sweethearts of the West $20
Everly Brothers It's Everly Time $22
Everly Brothers A Date With $22
Everly Brothers Everly Brothers $22
Everly Brothers Instant Party $22
Everly Brothers Sing Great Country Hits $22
Everly Brothers Gone, Gone, Gone $22
Everly Brothers Rock 'n Soul $22
Everly Brothers Beat 'n Soul $22
Everly Brothers In Our Image $22
Everly Brothers Two Yanks in England $22
Everly Brothers The Sound of the Everly Brothers $22
Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers Sing $22
Everly Brothers Roots $22
Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers Show $22
Everly Brothers The New Album $22
Flint, Shelby Sings Folk/ Shelby Flint/ Cast
Your Fate to Wind 2cds $35
Gibson/Camp At the Gates of Horn $22
Glaser, Tompall & Glasers Best of $25 *Personal favourite
Great Lost Elektra Singles Vol 1 $15 Includes ultra rare pre Byrds singles
by Beefeaters (McGuinn/Clark/Crosby)
Hoosier Hot Shots Definitive 2cds $35
Houston, David Best $25
Husky, Ferlin Definitive Simon Crum $25
Jackson, Stonewall The Best $25
James, Sonny Columbia & Monument Hits $25
Lane, Christy Greatest Country Hits $25
Louvin, Charlie Greatest Hits $25
Mitchell Trio Alive (with John Denver) $20
Montana, Patsy Best $25
Noonan, Steve Steve Noonan $22 New reissue of an obscure
Elektra album which featured some of the
earliest songs written by Jackson Browne,
including the delightful "Shadow Dream Song"
Noonan's style is quite similar to that of
Jackson with a few folky Tim Buckley touches.
Ochs, Phil All the News That's Fit to Sing $20
Ochs, Phil I Ain't Marchin' Anymore $20
Rogers, Roy King of the Cowboys $20
Rowans Sibling Rivalry/Jubilation $25 2 on 1
Rush, Merrilee Angel of the Morning $25
Sadler, Sergeant Barry Ballad of the Green Berets $25
Sahm, Doug Park Avenue Hillbillies & West End
Cowboys $25 ....a dollar a track.
Silverstein, Shel Freakin' at the Freakers Ball $25
Smith, Carl Sixties Hits of Carl Smith $25
Starr, Lucille Side by Side/Lonely Street $25 One
on her own & one with Bob Regan.
Swan, Billy Greatest Hits $25
Tillis, Mel Columbia Hits $25
Tillman, Floyd Best $25
Tubb, Ernest Definitive Hits 2cds $35
V.A. Cowboy Crooners Sing Songs of the West 2cds $35
Weller, Freddy Very Best $25
Young, Faron Complete Capitol Hits 2cds $35
remember this is only a small selection of what we have in stock. A more complete list can be found on our web site but nothing can beat a visit to the store.! These are $18 unless noted.
1) Blue Ridge Side By Side (3 excellent lead vocalists in Junior Sisk, Alan Bibey and Ed Biggertsaff. On classic Sugar Hill label)
2) Bonham, Glen Glen Bonham $20
(Native American bluegrass artists who sings like George Jones!! Best ever version of Fraulein & superb musos including both Robbie Ickes & Randy Kohrs on dobro)
3) Brewster, Paul Everybody's Talkin' (A member of the Skaggs band. Fine musician and vocally not unlike Vince Gill)
4) Bush, Sam King of My World (latest album with assists from Jon Randall, formerly a fellow member of the Nash Ramblers)
5) Camp, Shawn Live at the Station Inn $22 (one of the best country writers, featuring co-writes with Guy Clark and superb vocalist recorded with Stuart Duncan on fiddle & a fine bunch of musos.)
6) Chapmans Simple Man ( Excellent family group; father and three sons. The quality of the matreial is extremely high but none better than on "The Photograph", the beautiful and impossibly sad Mike Dekle/Byron house co-write)
7) Charles River Valley BoysBeatle Country (all time classic. Beatles songs performed bluegrass style. Joe Val leads the assemblage.
8) Chiavola, Kathy The Harvest (guests include Emmylou, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill etc)
9) Clements, Vassar Vassar's Jazz (Stephan Grapelli influenced album)
10)Clements, Vassar Living the Blues $20 (over an hour of classic Vassar & sadly his last album. Guests include Bob Brozman on slide, Norton Buffalo on harmonica & Maria Muldaur on vocals. A mix of originals & classic blues covers done Vassar style)
11)Clements, Vassar Full Circle $20 (with guests including Ricky Skaggs, Peter Rowan, Jeff Hanna & Jimmy Fadden, Jim & jesse etc)
12) Cordle, Larry Murder on Music Row $20 (Was a huge hit for George Strait but Larry wrote it and does it better. As good as that track is it doesn't compare to the superb "Jesus & Bartenders", a corite with Leslie Stacher)
13) Cordle, Larry Bluegrass Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd
14) Crowe, Josh Sincerely (No relation apparently to J D Crowe, but a fine vocalist steeped in tradition. Does a fine version of Karl Davis' "Country Hall of fame")
15) Darrow, Chris Chris Darrow/Under My Own Disguise 2 on 1 (two solo albums from founding member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
16) Dillard, Doug Heartbreak Hotel/What's That Two solo albums on a single cd.
17) Earle, Steve The Mountain $20 (with Del McCoury Band) Acknowledged as some of Steve and Del's best ever works. 14 tracks)
18) Flatt, Lester Essential (with Nashville Grass) $20 Excellent 20 track post Flatt & Scruggs collection from CMH with Marty Stuart on mandolin & guitar)
19) Flatt & Scruggs Don't Get Above Your Raisin' $20 (15 classic Columbia tracks that cover the peiod 1950-58 with an emphasis on lesser known tracks)
20) Flatt & Scruggs An Introduction $20 (28 Mercury tracks)
21) Flynn, Pat Request ( Latest from one of best guitar pickers in bluegrass with guests including Stuart Duncan ,Bela Fleck, Rob Ickes etc)
21A)Gadd, Pam The Long Road $20 Fine vocalist who was a member of the excellent all girl group "Wild Rose" who had 3 albums out on Capitol
22) Grapelli, Stephan Together at Last (with Vassar Clements) $20 First and only duet album by the jazz great and the country great who was heavily influenced by him.
23) Grascals Grascals (new group featuring Terry Eldredge, one of bluegrass' best vocalists. Dolly Aprton is guest vocalist on "Viva Las Vegas. Fine material including several by Harley Allen...."Me & John & Paul" is superb)
24) Graves, Josh Sultan of Slide $20 (With special guests)
25) Grisman, David Dawgnation 13 longish tracks on his AcousticDisc label.
26) Holladay, Ryan New Kid in Town ( Being hailed as the new Skaggs or Thiele, but is adept on any string instrument & has a talent that defies years)
27) Howard, Randy I Rest My Case (Sadly departed fiddler, one of the best ever. Great guests including Jerry Douglas on dobro and Carl Jackson on lead vocals)
28) Johnson Moutain Boys Live at the Birchmore
29) King, James The Bluegrass Storyteller $20 (the title bestowed on him by Tom T Hall. One of the best and richest voices in bluegrass or country with fine interpretations of songs by Tom T, Robert Earl Keen, Fred Eaglesmith, Buddy Miller etc)
30) King Wilkie Broke (In the Monroe tradition....named after his horse I believe)
31) Krauss, Alison Live $20
32) Krauss, Alison Lonely Runs Both Ways $20
33) Krauss, Alison Now That I've Found You - A Collection $20
34) Krauss, Alison New Favorite $20
35) Krauss, Alison So Long So Wrong $20
36) Krauss, Alison Forget About It $20
37) Krauss, Alison Every Time You Say Goodbye $22
38) Krauss, Alison I've Got That Old feeling $22
39) Krauss, Alison I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (w. Cox Family) $20
40) Lauderdale/Stanley I Feel Like Singing Today $20
41) Lauderdale/Stanley Lost in the Lonesome Pines $20 Two latter day classics featuring Ralph Stanley and singer songwriter Jim Lauderdale
42) Lawson, Doyle Beyond the Shadows Bluegrass music's gospel superstar.
43) Leftwich, Andy Ride (fiddler & mandolin from Skaggs' band)
44) McReynolds, Jesse New Horizons (First post-Jim album by mandolin man Jesse)
45) McReynolds, Jesse/Charles Whitstein A Tribute to the Brother Duets Fine tribute in Louvin Brothers style....sad in one respect as both had a brother who passed away in recent times
46) Martin, Benny Big Tiger Roars Again Pt 1 (with Tom T Hall, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Jim & jesse, Johnny Russell, Crystal Gayle etc)
47) Martin, Benny Big Tiger Roars Again Pt 2 (with guests inc. Alison Krauss, Kitty Wells, John Hartford etc) )
May, Tim Find My Way Back (first solo album by outstanding bluegrass guitarist. A mix of vocal and instrumental tracks. More than capable on lead vocals too.
48) Moore, Nancy Local Flowers (all songs by Tom T Hall) )
49) Mountainheart Force of Nature (Excellent colelction of songs by exciting bluegrass group produced by Ricky Skaggs)
50) Nashville Blue Grass Band - Twenty Year Blues Genuine bluegrass superstars whose lineup has changed a little of late without any apparent reduction in quality.
51) New Found Road Somewhere Between Fine traditionally bent bluegrass group with a mixture of gospel & secular material , including the Merle Hagagrd title cut.
52) Nickel Creek This Time (second album by new age bluegrass superstars)
53) Nixon, Michelle What More Should I Say Includes a bonue duet with Whispering Bill Anderson on "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds".
54) Nugent, Alecia Alecia Nugent $20 (Excellent vocalist wit han album a little reminiscent of Patty Loveless' superb "Mountain Soul". Inc. great duet with Carl Jackson)
55) Open Road Lucky Drive Colrado based bluegrass group who have been favourably compared to Hot Rize. One of the stars of the Rounder label.
56) Parton, Dolly Little Sparrow $20
57) Parton, Dolly The Grass Is Blue $20
58) Parton, Dolly Haloes & Horns $20 Dolly's outstanding Sugar Hill albums.
59) Peterson, David & 1946 The Howling Blue Winds (Really like this bloke. He has modelled everything on the way it was when Bill Monroe burst forth in 1946. Excellent songs like "the Drunkard's Hell".)
60) Reno & Smiley The Talk of the Town $22 (Westside UK) Massive 24 track compilation of their clasic 50s Starday Recordings.
61) Reno & Smiley 16 Greatest Gospel
62) Rigsby, Don The Midnight Call Classic bluegrass vocalist with the classic Sugar Hill sound.
63) Sizemore, Charlie In My View $20 (oustanding bluegrass vocalist who should have been as successful as Keith Whitley in country music)
64)Slatkin, Felix Hoedown! the Fantastic Fiddles $20 Originally an album of orchestral music over the bluegrass fiddle of the great Gordon Terry; this expanded version also includes the non overdubbed Terry Tracks.
65) Smith, Valerie Turtle Wings
66) Smith, Valerie Patchwork Heart
67) Smith, Valerie No Summer Storm
68) Sparks, Larry 40 $20 Outstanding bluegrass vocalist with special guests galore including Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, The Whites etc
69) Special Concensus Everything's Alright (excellent new group on Pinecastle label)
70) Stanley, Ralph I'll Answer the Call $20 (gospel)
71) Stanley, Ralph Shine On $20 (latest album prod. by Ralph Stanley II)
72) Stanley, Ralph Very Best
73) Stanley, Ralph Clinch Mountain Sweethearts $22
74) Stanley, Ralph 50th Anniversary Collection $20
75) Stanley, Ralph Cry from the Cross $20
76) Stanley Brothers 16 Greatest Gospel
77) Stanley II, Ralph Carrying On
78) Thile, Chris Deceiver $20 (latest from mandolin player/vocalist from Nickel Creek. A mix of vocal & instrumental tracks))
79) Wright, Luther Rebuild the Wall (Bluegrass interpretation of the famous Pink Floyd rock album)
80) 30 fiddlers Greatest Hits
81) 30 Harmonica Classics
82) The Old Home Place - Bluegrass & Old Time Mountain Music
$18 cds (unless noted)
Alexander, Jessi Honeysuckle Sweet $5 ($5 cds 1 per title per customer)
Allen, Jason Wouldn't It Be Nice (Young honky tonker on the reactivated "D"
label, the original had many of the finest on it)
Alvin, Dave PublicDomain (Traditional country songs & originals which sound
like traditional songs. Lots of darkish country death songs)
Alvin, Dave Out in California Live album, includes a couple of songs he
co-wrote with Tom Russell & a great version of "Haley's Comet'
Anderson, John Anthology 2cds Re-recorded versions of 30 tracks originally done
for Warner Bros & MCA. What is good is they beat the originals!
Anderson, Keith Three Chord Country & American Rock & Roll (Powerful artist with
style similar to likes of Big & Rich & the like) $10
Asleep at the Wheel The Wheel Keeps Rollin' (Includes great version of "Smoke, Smoke
Smoke That Cigarette" & "Lay Down Sally")
Auld, Audrey Losing Faith
Ball, David Thinkin' Problem $20
Ball, David Starlight Lounge $20
Ball, David Amigo $20 ***Contains big hit "Private Malone"
Ball, David Play
Ball, David Freewheeler $20
David Ball is one of the most popular & respected artists we
have had with a mixture of honky tonk and just plain
excellent country music. His WB albums are deleted so be quick.
All so fine we can't agree on which is his best.
Ballew, Michael Rodeo Cool $20 Best of a great Texas Artist. Lots of tracks!
Bandy, Moe Greatest Hits (Curb) Great tracks inc. "Till I'm Too Old To Die
Young"/"Many Mansions"/ "
Barnett, Mandy Mandy Barnett $20 ("Rainy Days" is one of the best female vocals
Barnett, Mandy I've Got a Right to Cry $20 (One of the best female vocalists of
last 20 years. Great material, and heavy influenced by Patsy Cline.
Includes Owen Bradley's last ever productions. Both deleted.)
Beach Boys & Friends Stars & Stripes (The Mike Love Beach Boys sing with country
artists with mixed results, but mainly very good)
Bekka & Billy Bekka & Billy (Billy Burnette & Bekka Bramlett)
Bell, Knut & BlueCollars HonkaHillaRockabilly $20 ***The title says it all. Hillbilly and
rockabilly music seemlessly & exceptionally performed)
Bellamy Brothers Angels & Outlaws 2005 album with whole array of guests who
join David & Howard on some of their biggest hits. Guests include
Willie, George Jones, Alan Jackson, Chris Hillman etc.
Bice, Steven Sixty Minutes of Sin $20 One very popular indie cd. Has a
distinct Tompall Glaser style voice & great honky tonk songs)
Big Sandy & Fly Rite Boys Swingin' West Their best album. Originals & covers
Bogguss, Suzy Somewhere Between $20 Classic clear voice. Her Capitol debut
is still a landmark album with the Merle Haggard title track & even
a little yodelling.
Bogguss, Suzy Suzy Bogguss
Bogguss, Suzy Something Up My Sleeve
Bogguss, Suzy Swing $20
Bogguss, Suzy Moment of Truth Her second album.
Boland, Jason Somewhere in the Middle $20 (latest. Lloyd Maines producer!)
Boland, Jason Live at Billy Bobs $20
Boone, Larry Swinging Doors Sawdust Floors $22
Boxcar Willie King of the Freight Train ***Includes 2 duets w.Willie
BR549 Tangled in the Pines Latest with new member Chris Scruggs
playing a prominent part.
Brennan, Walter Old Shep (formerly the lp"Dutchman's Gold")
Brooks & Dunn Greatest Hits Vol 2
Brown, Junior 12 Shades of Brown $20
Brown, Junior Guit With It $20
Brown, Junior Semi Crazy $20
Brown, Junior Mixed Bag $20
Brown, Junior Long Walk Back $20 Every album fully recommended. One of the
true characters of the genre. Fabulously deep Ernest Tubb voice
coupled with his unique guitar technic & instrument (guit-steel)
Brown, Marty High & Dry Hard to believe all his albums are now
Brown, Marty Wild Kentucky Skies deleted. Very much like Hank III & Wayne
Brown, Marty Cryin' Lovin' & Leavin' the Train. Writes great original songs &
top production by Richard Bennett. It has
hillbilly, rockabilly, authentic country death
ballads…a little of everything.
Brown, T Graham Next Right Thing ***The ballads on this are superb. Reminiscent
of Travis Tritt but better. Great originals & well chosen covers. A
highlight is the duet w. George Jones ("Bag of Bones") plus the
moving "Which Way to Pray" & a reprise of "Wine into Water".
Browne, Jann Count me In $20
Bruce, Ed This Old Hat $20 Although of fairly recent vintage this is as good
as anything he has ever done.13 tracks. Superb voice.
Burleson, Ed The Cold hard Truth $20 14 exceptional modern honky tonk songs
done with fine style & humour. Texas cool!
Burnett, T Bone T Bone Burnett (T Bone on acoustic+ Jerry Douglas on dobro. Now
a highly regarded producer this album is one of the best country
albums ever & stands as the best single example of the great
dobro playing of Jerry Douglas inc. 2 solo dobro tracks)
Burns, Billy Don Heroes, Friends & Other Troubled Souls Outlawish country with
wide appeal, especially to David Allan Coe fans who admire the
way both Billy Don & David "stretch" the truth....just a tad.
Butler, Carl & Pearl Best $20 Sensational cd Includes a few Johnny & Jonie Mosby as well.
Byrd, Tracy Greatest Hits $20 (1999 18 tracker of MCA material)
Byrd, Tracy Greatest Hits (2005) $10 Inc. 2 new tracks inc. "Johnny Cash"!
Carpenter, Mary Chapin Party Doll & Other Favourites $20
Carter Family Country Music Hall of Fame
Carter Family Greatest Hits 1927-1934
Carter, Carlene Little Love Letters
Carter, Carlene Little Acts of Treason
Carter, Carlene Hindsight 20/20 $20
Cartwright, Lionel I Watched it On the Radio ***Excellent deleted album. Has the
origina lversion of "I'm a Fool to Sing the Blues".
Cash, Johnny Cash Sings cash
Cash, Johnny A Boy Named Sue & Other Story Songs (some of his best novelty
songs on this special cd)
Cash, Johnny America (One of his thematic albums)
Chapman, Beth Nielsen Hymns 2004 album
Chapman, Beth Nielsen Look 2005 album
Chesnutt, Mark Too Cold at Home $20 a perfect 10/10 debut with Chesnutt
showing only a handful of voices in the history of country music
were his equal.
Chesnutt, Mark I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
Chesnutt, Mark Wings
Chesnutt, Mark Almost Goodbye
Chesnutt, Mark Longnecks & Short Stories
Chesnutt, Mark Thank God for Believers
Chesnutt, Mark What a Way to Live Chesnutt pundits argue which is his best. We
usually end up conceding they are all worthwhile.
Clark, Guy Dublin Blues $20
Clark, Terri Terri Clark
Clark, Terri Pain to Kill
Cochran, Hank Livin' for a Song $20 One of Nashville's most successful
songwriters and a fine singer. The slightly off sounding "He Little
Thinged Her" is to the contrary a superb take on love. 14 tracks.
Coe, David Allan Recommended for Airplay $20
Coe, David Allan The Underground Album $22 (X rated...back in soon)
Collie, Mark Hardin County Line Includes James Burton on guitar. One of the
best artists of the early 90s who has now turned his hand to acting.
Collie, Mark Born & Raised in Black & White Great version "ThunderRoad"
Comeaux, Amie Moving Out Sadly killed in motor accident. Nice debut. Good mix
of styles, fine production & nice voice.
Commander Cody We've Got a Live One Here $22 (classic. Was a double lp)
Confederate Railroad Confederate Railroad $20 Best ever country album by a group. Has their version of "Trashy Woman", but the strengths are the witty songs such as "She Never Cried" (when Old Yeller died). Coupled with the distinctive hillbilly voice of Danny Shirley it's 10/10
Conlee, John Best 12 songs mainly compiled from his non MCA albums which
are just about impossible to find. Highlight is the superb "Fellow
Cook, Elizabeth This Side of The Moon $20 One of the best new singer/writers
Cook, Elizabeth Hey Y'All $20 today.
Cotter, Brad Brad Cotter
Cox, Ronny Acoustic Electricity Actor turned singer with a charming folksy
Down home country style.
Creager, Roger Long Way to Mexico
Creager, Roger Live Across Texas $20 ***Live Texas honky tonk at its best
Crowell, Rodney Fate's right Hand $20
Crowell, Rodney Houston Kid $20 (Includes "I Walk the Line Revisited" w. Cash!)
Crowell, Rodney Keys to the Highway
Crowell, Rodney Life is Messy
Crowell, Rodney Jewel of the South (Hard to get MCA album)
Cryner, Bobbie Bobbie Cryner $25 ...none better. A duet with Dwight. As always
very limited supply. Only female I've ever heard sing like George
Jones. As superb as you could ever hear.
Cryner, Bobbie Girl of Your Dreams Some superb Cryner compositions
Daniels, Charlie Songs from the Longleaf Pines $5 (latest cd....bluegrass)
Dead Ringer Band Home Fires
Delbert & Glen Subject to Change
DeMent, Iris My Life $20
DeMent, Iris The Way I Should $20 .
Derailers Full western Dress $20 Buck Owens inspired Texas group. Two
Derailers Reverb Deluxe $20 fine vocalists. Lotsa twang.
Desert Rose Band Greatest Hits
Dillingham, Craig Almost Yesterday A gem....!!! Money back guarantee even. Has a
great voice and the songs are superb.
Drake, Dusty Dusty Drake $20 (contains best ever September 11th song)
Earle, Steve Transcendental Blues
Edwards, Don My Hero Gene Autry $20 ** As western singers go Don is the
Edwards, Don Saddle Songs $28 (2cds) equal of Marty Robbins. Always has
Edwards, Don Last of the Troubadours 2cds $28 the very best material and the
Edwards, Don Kin to the Wind $20 production is just wonderful.
Edwards, Don A Prairie Portrait (w. Waddy Mitchell)$20
Edwards, Don Best Of $20
Edwards, Don West of Yesterday $20
Edwards, Don Goin' Back to Texas
Edwards, Don Songs of the Trail
Edwards, Stoney Best of:Poor Folks Stick Together (Great songs Lefty style voice.
Includes the huge hit "Hank & Lefty Raised My Country Soul". 20
tracks collected from his superb Capitol albums. This cd is now
deleted. Best track "Mississippi You're on my Mind")
Eleven Hundred Springs Bandwagon (inc. "Hank Williams Wouldn't Make it Now in
Nashville Tennesse" Late rockabilly legend, Ronnie Dawson duets
on "Why You Been Gone So Long")
Elliott, Ramblin' Jack The Long Ride (Great take on the Tom Russell track "The Sky
Above the Mud Below"...Not noted as a writer Jack actually has a
hand in 3 songs on this album)
Elliott, Ronny Magneto $20
Elliott, Ronny Poisonville $20
Elliott, Ronny Postcard from Jack $20
Elliott, Ronny Hep $20
Elliott, Ronny Valentine Road Kill $20
Elliott, Ronny My Nerves Are Bad Tonight $20
Elliott, Ronny Ronny Elliott & the Nationals $20 Our favourite alternate singer
songwriter has a great voice similar in timbre to Johnny Cash. Has
a wicked writ & is cynical as hell (heck). Hates phonies & bucks
the norm all the time. You can't help love him.
Ely, Joe Twisting in the Wind ***Nice Spanish flavour
Ely, Joe Letter to Laredo ***ditto
Ely, Joe Streets of Sin $20 ***His latest
England, Tyler Highways & Dance Halls (the artist formerly known as Ty England
has been produced by ex boss Garth Brooks and the result is
superb. Great honky tonk and straight country all the way)
Escovedo, Alejandro Those That Fall Behind 18 tracker put out by his publishing
company. Some say the Godfather of the alternate country music whilst some say just a bloke with a flowery name. Which one do
you think I am?
Evans, Sara Restless $10
Evans, Sara Three Chords & the Truth $20
Evans, Sara No Place That Far
Fender, Freddy Crazy Cajun Recordings 3cd box $45
Fairchild, Shelley Ride $5
Flatlanders Now Again $20
Flying Burrito Brothers Songs of the Golden West $20
Forbert, Steve Any Old Time: Songs of Jimmie Rodgers
Forbert, Steve Rock While I Can Rock: Geffen Years $20
Ford, Tennessee Ernie An Introduction $20 30 tracks!!
Forester Sisters Sunday Meeting
Forester Sisters Greatest Gospel Hits $20
Foster & Lloyd Essential Great 20 tracker, which too is out of print.
Fowler, Kevin Loose, Loud & Crazy $20 He contributed 3 songs to Mark Chesnutt's
latest and Chesnutt reciprocates with a duet on "Political
Correctness". Includes his original version of the classic honky
tonker "The Lord Loves a Drinking Man" and the bawdy "Don't
Touch My Willie" (of course he means his Willie Nelson lps!!)
Frizzell, David Greatest Hits $20 (inc. "Gonna Hire a Wino" + Shelley West duet
on "You're the reason God Made Oklahoma")
Frizzell, Lefty An Introduction $20 29 tracks
Gatlin, Larry Sing Family Gospel Favourites (with Steve & Rudy)
Gauthier, Mary Filth & Fire $20
Gauthier, Mary Drag Queens in Limousines $20
Gauthier, Mary Dixie Kitchen $20 She paints superb pictures of the seedy side of
life and sings in a down home folky style. As good as it gets.
Gayle, Crystal Heart & Soul: Sings Hoagy Carmichael ***Great duet with Willie
Gill, Vince The Key $20 (A classic. Easily his best album and one of the best ten country cds ever made. If you don't have it get it. That easy)
Gilmore, Jimmie dale One Endless Night $20
Goldsboro, Bobby Absolutely the Best *** All originals and whilst "Honey is the
biggest hit he had Summer (The First Time), "Broomstick Cowboy",
"Little Things", "Straight Life" etc are infinitely better.
Gregory, Clinton If It Weren't for Country Music $20
Gregory, Clinton Freeborn Man $20
Gregory, Clinton Clinton Gregory (his non Step One album on Mercury. Feat. "A11")
Haggard, Marty Borders & Boundaries $22 Outstanding release from Merle's eldest
son, who looks and sounds like his dad. Great songs including the
semi hit "Amnesia" . Several songs have a religious flavour.
Haggard, Merle 1994
Haggard, Merle 1996
Haggard, Merle Blue Jungle
Haggard, Merle The Way I Am
Haggard, Merle Serving 190 Proof
Haggard, Merle Rainbow Stew Live at Anaheim Stadium
Haggard, Merle Taste of Yesterday's Wine (w. GeoJones ...w. "No Show Jones")
Haggard, Merle Two Old Friends (w. Al Brumley Jnr)
Haggard, Merle What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Haggard, Merle It's All in the Game (One of his best Epic label albums which is
now deleted. Includes 2 duets with Janie Fricke plus the great
Freddy Powers' song "Little Hotel Room")
Harms, Joni A Cowgirl's Dream $20
Harms, Joni Let's Put Western Back in Country$20
Harris, Emmylou Wrecking Ball $22 ***Zenith or nadir??
Havens, Richie The Collection $5
Hayden, Rodney Living the Good Life $20
Hearts & Flowers Now is the Time $20 classic country rock Two original albums
on one cd. Has psychedelic and folk tinges to make it shine.
Henderson, Mike Country Music Made Me Do It (Lots of twang!!Dwightish)
Hill, Faith Fireflies $20
Hinojosa, Tish Dreaming from the Labyrinth $10
Hinojosa, Tish Homeland
Holloway, Ken Ken Holloway $20 (The fantastic anti honky tonker. Whilst on a
Christian country label many of his themes are about the things we
true country fans like drinking and cheating but Ken tells us all
about the times he used to do those things.
Horton, Steven Wayne Steven Wayne Horton ***Uptemp songs remind of namesake.
Great version of "Got a Lot of Livin' to Do" & Hiatt's "Tennessee
Hot Apple Pie Hot Apple Pie New group featuring Brady Seals on lead vocals.
Like his solo album...the one produced by Rodney Crowell..this is
pretty good. Great duet with Willie on "Slowin' Down the Fall",
with reference to Freddy Fender and bartenders.
Hubbard, Ray Wylie Loco Gringos Lament
Hubbard, Ray Wylie Eternal & Lowdown
Hubbard, Ray Wylie Lost Train of Thought $20
Hughes, Jedd Transcontinental ***Reminiscent of fellow Aussie Mr Urban
Ian, Janis Breaking Silence $5
Interstate Cowboy Ranch Dance Ruckus Excellent group from Colorado. Honky tonk,
Texas shuffles, a little swing & a little cowboy jazz. Great variety.
Jackson, Alan Drive $20
Jackson, Alan Here in the Real World Outstanding artist. One of the few
Jackson, Alan Everything I Love artists worth getting the complete
Jackson, Alan A Lot About Living collection.
Jackson, Alan Who I Am
Jackson, Alan Don't Rock the Jukebox
Jackson, Wanda Heart Trouble $20 (Scary cover but outstanding performances
which feature Rosie Flores & The Cramps)
James, Ryan Back to the Wind
James, Sonny 200 Years/ In Prison in Person 2 on 1 $20 Two CBS albums on the
one. The first he does country standards, the second sees him in
prison with an ultra hot band of inmates.
Jason One Foot in The Honky Tonk $20 Hard to get country album from
Jason (of Scorchers fame)
Jennings, Waylon Hanging Tough
Jennings, Waylon Clean Shirt (with Willie)
Jennings, Waylon Take it to the Limit (with Willie)
Jennings, Waylon The Eagle
Jennings, Waylon Two Dumb for New York etc
Jennings, Waylon Ol' Waylon Sings Ol' Hank $25 ...Waylon Sings Hank Williams; not
released except through his web site and no longer available. Last
copies and really one of his best ever albums.
Jennings, Waylon Right for the Time $20 (one of his very best and now deleted. Has
the great "Living Legends" Pt II plus a delightful duet with Jessie)
Jennings, Waylon Cowboys, Sisters, Rascals & Dirt $20
Jewell, Buddy Buddy Jewell
Jewell, Buddy Times Like These $5
Jones, George Bradley Barn Sessions Outstanding album of duets produced by
Brian Ahern. Alan Jackson is great but Keith Richards the best!
Jones, George One (with Tammy)
Jones, George It Don't Get Any Better Than This $20
Jones, George Cold Hard Truth $20
Jones, George HighTech Redneck
Jones, George Anniversary - Ten Years of Hits $20 2lps on 1 cd
Jones, George Best of George Jones 1955-1967 $20
Jones, George I Lived to Tell it All $20
Jones, George The Rock:Stone Cold Country2001
Jones, George She Thinks I Still Care (UA recordings)
Jones, George Still the Same Old Me
Jones, Zona Harley & Horses $20 Funny name, but outstanding album with a
a little swing, lots of shuffles and plenty of steel & fiddle.
Judd, Cledus Bipolar & Proud
Judds Greatest Hits Volume One
Judds Greatest Hits Volume Two
Judds Why Not me ***Remember when we couldn't pick which was the
Judds Heartland mother & which was the daughter?
Judds River of Time
Judds Rockin' With the Rhythm
Kane, Keiran Dead Reckoning
Kennedy, Ray Guitar Man $22
Kentucky Headhunters Stompin' Grounds
Kentucky Headhunters Pickin' on Nashville
Kentucky Headhunters Electric Barnyard
Kentucky Headhunters Rave On
Kershaw, Sammy The Hits Chapter One
Kimes, Royal Wade A Dyin' Breed Western cowboy flavoured albums
Kimes, Royal Wade Cowboy Cool $20
Kimes, Royal Wade Hanging Round the Moon
Kirchen, Bill Have Love Will Travel
Knight, Jeff Easy Street
Knight, Jeff They've Been Talking About Me (Outstanding album but the title
song is as good as you've ever heard, but considering his relative
obscurity it is probably "never" heard.
Koller, Fred Where the Fast Lane Ends $20
Koller, Fred The Night Before $20
Koller, Fred No Song Left to Sell $20 Fred is a great writer with some of his songs
including "Jennifer Johnson & Me", "Going Gone", "Lone Star State of
Mind" and even the quirky "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian". As a vocalist it
may be fair to say he is an acquired taste with somewhat of a Tom Waits'
growl, but he always has something to say and his melodies are superb.
It doesn't really get better than things such as "This Guitar Is For Sale",
"The Hell We Created", "No Song Left to Se'" . Also collaborated more than
a bit with Shel Silverstein. Come to think of it he is vocally like Shel also.
Larry the Cable Guy My Right to Bare Arms
Lauderdale, Jim Point of No Return His George Strait style pure country album.
Leadon, Bernie Mirror
Ledoux, Chris 20 Greatest Hits of the Early Years $20 Easily his best period.
Leigh, Danni 29 Nights $20 One of the best female albums with Danni coming
across as a kind of female Dwight both in style & appearance.
Lonestar I'm Already There
Loveless, Patty On Your Way Home $22 (with dvd)
Loveless, Patty Mountain Soul $20 (a gem)
Loveless, Patty Long Stretch of Lonesome
Loveless, Patty Honky Tonk Angel
Loveless, Patty Definitive Collection $20
Loveless, Patty Up Against My Heart
Lovett, Lyle Anthology Volume One: Cowboy Man $20
Lovett, Lyle I Love Everybody
Lowe, Nick Impossible Bird (classic...laid back country soul. Has always had
a bit of a bent for country music and "True Love Travels Down a
Gravel Road" is as good as country music gets)
Lynn, Loretta Sings Patsy Cline Favourites
Lynn, Loretta Hymns
Lynn, Loretta Peace in the Valley
Lynn, Loretta You ain't Woman Enough
Lynn, Loretta All Time Greatest Hits $20 22 tracks
Lynn, Loretta Still Country
Lynne, Loretta All Time Gospel Favorites $20 20 tracks
Lynne, Shelby Tough All Over
Lynne, Shelby Soft talk
Lynne, Shelby Epic Recordings
Lynne, Shelby This is Shelby Lynne: Best of Epic
Lynne, Shelby Temptation
Lynne, Shelby Restless
McCoy, Jason Honky Tonk Sonatas $10
McDaniel, Mel Signature Series
McDaniel,Mel Greatest Hits (Capitol)
McDowell, Ronnie Great Gospel Songs
McDowell, Ronnie Country Dances
McDowell, Ronnie Unchained melody (with some great duets includind Jerry Lee!)
McEntire, Reba Whoever's In New England
McEntire, Reba It's Your Call
McEntire, Reba Room to Breathe
McEntire, Reba For My Broken Heart
McEntire, Reba Read My Mind
McEntire, Reba So Good Together
McEntire, Reba Sweet Sixteen2
McEntire, Reba If You See Him
McGraw,Tim And the Dancehall Doctors $20
McGraw, Tim Live Like You Were Dying $20
McGraw, Tim Tim McGraw
McGraw, Tim All I Want
McGraw, Tim Set this Circus Down
Maddox Brothers & RoseIntroduction $20 (30 4-Star tracks. No one is better than Rose)
Martin, Leland Simply Traditional (simply great. In Alan Jackson class. )
Mattea, Kathy Collection of Hits $20
Mavericks What a Crying Shame
Mavericks Music for All Occasions
Mavericks From Hell to Paradise
Mavericks Mavericks (their first)
Mavericks Mavericks (2004 album)
Mavericks Super Colossal Smash Hits $20
Mellons, Ken Ken Mellons Good on the uptempo but SUPERB on the
Mellons, Ken Where Forever Begins ballads where he is like a Vern Gosdin.
Miller, Buddy & Julie Buddy & Julie Miller
Miller, Buddy Cruel Moon $10
Meyers, Augie My Main Squeeze
Milsap, Ronnie Just for a Thrill (latest albums of standards)
Moffatt, Hugh Troubadour $22 (with "Rose of My Heart")
Moffatt, Katy Child Bride $20
Moffatt, Katy Walkin' on the Moon
Moffatt, Katy Midnight Radio $20
Moffatt, Katy Loose Diamond
Moffatt, Katy Angel Town
Moffatt, Hugh & Katy Dance me Outside $20
Molly & the Heymakers Molly and the Heymakers $22 (rare WB album featuring their
great version of "Mountain of Love")
Montgomery-Gentry You Do Your thing
Montgomery gentry Tattoos & Scars $20
Montgomery Gentry Carrying On
Montgomery Gentry My town $20
Montgomery, John Michael Letters From Home $20
Montgomery, John Michael Very Best $20
Moorer, Alison The Hardest Part
Moorer, Alison Alabama Song
Moorer, Alison Show (cd + dvd) $20
Moorer, Alison Miss Fortune
Moorer, Alison The Duel
Morgan, Lorrie RCA Country Legends
Morgan, Lorrie War Paint
Morgan, Lorrie Show Me How
Morgan, Lorrie I Finally Found Someone (with Sammy Kershaw)
Morgan, Lorrie The Color of Roses $20
Morgan, Lorrie To get to You:Greatest Hits Collection
Morgan, Lorrie Something in Red
Morgan, Lorrie Shakin' Things Up
Morgan, Lorrie Greatest Hits
Morgan, Lorrie Leave the Light On
Morrison-Williams Morrison Williams $10 (off shoot from the group "Perfect Starnger")
Murphey, Michael MartinCowboy Songs
Murphey, Michael MartinCowboy Songs #3
Myles, Heather Sweet Talk & Good Lies (latest album by the fabulous West Coast
female honky tonker who rates with Emmylou as the most popular
female vocalist over the years.)
Nelson, Willie Tougher Than Leather (remastered)
Nelson, Willie How Great Thou Art (gospel)
Nelson, Willie Willie & Family Live 2cds $25
Nelson, Willie Greatest Hits & Some That Will Be
Nelson, Willie Always on My Mind (remastered)
Nelson, Willie Night & Day (his instrumental album)
Nelson, Willie Rainbow Connection (worth it for
Nelson, Willie Crazy:The Demo Sessions )
Nelson, Willie Country Favorites Willie Nelson Style
Nelson, Willie Just One Love $22 (deleted and one of this world famous authority
on Willie's recordings favourite 3 Willie Albums. Includes 2 duets
with Kimmie Rhodes, plus "8 More Miles to Louisville" with
Grandpa Jones...a total hoot) On defunct Justice label)
Nelson, Willie Gospel Favourites ("Family Bible")
Nelson, Willie Teatro
Nelson, Willie Take it to the Limit (with waylon)
Nelson, Willie Me & the Drummer
Nelson, Willie The Great Divide
Nelson, Willie Six Hour at Pedernales w. Curtis Potter. ***Lots of swing
Nelson, Willie In the Jailhouse Now (w. Webb Pierce)/ Brand on M yHeat (with
Hank Snow) 2lps on 1 cd. Now deleted $28
Nesmith, Mike And the Hits Just Keep on Coming $20 Red Rhodes on steel and
Papa nes on guitar & vocals. Includes his "Different Drum")
Nesmith, Mike Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash $20
Nichols, Joe Revelation $20
Nichols, Joe Man With a Memory $20
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Stars &Stripes Forever (originally a 2 lp set. A mix of live & studio tracks
Features Vassar Clements on some tracks.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Welcome to Woody Creek
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. II $20 (2lps on 1 cd with Cash, Prine etc)
O'Neal, Jamie Brave (second album by Aussie ex pat. Well produced by Keith Steagall)
Otto, James Days of Our Lives
Overstreet, Paul Love is Strong
Overstreet, Paul Sowin' Love $20
Overstreet, Paul Heroes $20
Overstreet, Paul Time $20
Overstreet, Paul Songwriter's project Volume 1 $20
Palmer, Keith Keith Palmer (only album by singer songwriter who tragically died
of leukaemia. One for the fans of Doug Stone. There is a closeness
of vocals and material. Keith's "Forgotten But Not Gone" is A+++)
Parnell, LeeRoy Tell the Truth
Parnell, LeeRoy Hits & Highways Ahead
Parnell, LeeRoy Every Night is Saturday Night
Parnell, LeeRoy We All Get Lucky Sometimes
Parnell, LeeRoy On the Road
Parnell, LeeRoy LeeRoy Parnell
Parnell, LeeRoy Love Without Mercy
Parton, Dolly Just Because I'm a Woman (original)
Parton, Dolly Ultimate Dolly Parton
Parton, Dolly Hungry Again
Parton, Doly White Limozeen
Parton, Dolly Heartbreaker
Parton, Dolly Honky Tonk Angels (with Loretta/Tammy) $20
Parton, Dolly Live and Well 2cds $20
Paxton, Tom Best (Rhino) 26 tracks $20
Paycheck, Johnny Real Mr Heartache:Little Darlin' Years$25 ***Could this be the
best country cd ever? It features his early dark witty George
Jones vocal style. "Pardon Me I've Got Someone to Kill" + 23 more
Paycheck, Johnny Little Darlin' Sound: Gospel Truth $20 Something special to behold
Paycheck, Johnny Little Darlin' Sound: On His Way (Koch, Nashville who put these
out have closed office so likely to be scarce)
Payne, Waylon The Drifter (Sammi Smith's son; Reviving the outlaw style)
Pierce, Webb King of the Honky Tonk (CMF) *An appropriate title!! Has all the
great Webb Pierce tracks off the masters. "There Stands the
Glass", "wondering". "I Ain't Never" "Slowly" etc all here!)
Pierce, Webb Groovie Boogie Woogie Boy $20
Poovey, Groovey Joe Little Darlin Sound
Powers, Freddy My Great Escape $20 (3 duets with Hag)
Prairie Oyster Everybody Knows $20
Prairie Oyster Different Kind of Fire $20
Prairie Oyster Only One Moon Great Canadian country group with a very twangy
Prairie Oyster Blue Plate Special $20 Yoakamish sound.
Presley, Elvis The Ultimate Gospel $20
Price, Ray Time
Pride, Charley Tribute to Jim Reeves
Pride, Charley There's a Little hank in Me $20
Pride, Charley Comfort of Her Wings
Pride, Charley Anthology 2cds $28
Prine, John John Prine $20
Prine, John Diamonds in the Rough $20
Prine, John Sweet Revenge $20
Prine, John Common Sense $20.
Prine, John Aimless Love $20
Prine, John Storm Windows
Rascal Flatts Live cd + dvd
Raven, Eddy 20 Favorites
Reckless Kelly Wicked Twisted Road $5
Reed, Jerry Live! Still (2005 album)
Reed, Jerry Pickin'
Reeves, Jim Memories are made of This 2cds (one all the hits...one live)
Rhodes, Kimmie West Texas heaven $25 (no longer available)
Robbins, Marty What God has Done (Great gospel album)
Robbins, Marty Lifetime of Song 1951-1982 $20
Roberts, Jason Texas Fiddle Man Nice solo album from the guy who is in Asleep
at the Wheel. Fine vocalist & instrumentalist
Robinella & CC Band self titled $10
Robison, Bruce Country Sunshine
Robison, Bruce Long Way from anywhere
Robison, Charlie Step Right Up
Robison, Charlie Good Times latest on Dual tone label. One of his best.
Robison, Charlie Life of the Party
Rodgers, Jimmie Essential
Rodgers, Jimmie RCA Country Legends
Rodgers, Jimmie Sweeter than Wine $22 ("Honeycomb" man. Extensive Hits pkg)
Rodriguez, Johnny Desperdao: A Decade of Hits (cd+dvd)
Rooney, Jim My Own Ignorant Way $10
Rowan, Peter & Don Edwards High Lonesome Cowboy $20
Run C & W Into the Twangy First Century $25
Ryle, Curt Your Old Used to Be $20 (excellent independent honky tonk album)
Sahm, Doug Return Of Wayne Douglas $22
Sahm, Doug Texas Rock for Country Rollers $22 (Edsel UK)
Sarstedt, Peter Best 22 tracks (some coutryesque! Some quirky! All good)
Seals, Dan Rage On $22 Fantastic album which features the song George
Jones covered "Last Generation of Rock County wilsons")
Seals, Dan In a Quiet Room
Seals, Dan In a Quiet Room II
Sears, Dawn Nothin' But Good Excellent album with appeal to the fans of
the likes of Heather Myles. Strong honky tonk style.
Shaver, Billy Joe Freedom's Child $20
Sheppard, T G Timeless:Classic Love Songs $10
Shocked, Michelle Shockolates 21 track compilation
Singletary, Daryle All Because of You
Singletary, Daryle Daryle Singletary
Singletary, Daryle That's Why I Sing This Way Great version of the John Wesley
Ryles gem, "Kay"
Singletary, Daryle Ain't It to Truth
Sir Doug & Texas Tornados Texas Rock for Country Rollers
Sir Douglas Quintet Crazy Cajun Recordings 2cds $25
Skinner, Jimmy 22 Greatest Hits
Sons of the San Joaquin Gospel Trails $20
Sons of the San JoaquinHorses, Cattle & Coyotes
Sons of the San Joaquin15 Years: A Retrospective $20
Sovine, Red Sings Hank Williams (all Luke the Drifter narrations) $20
Springer, Roger Roger Springer Band $20 A gem. "Daddy Never Had a Chance in
Hell' is one of the best songs you'll ever hear. 3 lead vocalists
and unequivocably recommended. )
Stockton, Shane Stories I Could Tell ***Same production team as Chesnutt's 1st
and very much in the style of Chesnutt. Alas his only album.
Stone, Doug Doug Stone (w. "Better Off in a Pine Box")
Stone, Doug From the Heart
Stone, Doug I Thought It Was You
Stone, Doug First Christmas
Strait, George #7
Strait, George Always Never the Same
Strait, George Beyond the Blue Neon (his best!! And this is not just my opinion.
Nashville scribe David Cantwell, " Simply put, this is the best
country album released in the 80s, the greatest release of Strait's
career and one of the finest country albums ever made"..Told ya!)
Strait, George Blue Clear Sky
Strait, George Chill of an Early Fall
Strait, George George Strait
Strait, George Holding My Own
Strait, George Honkytonkville
Strait, George If You Ain't Lovin' YouAin't Livin'
Strait, George Latest Straitest Greatest Hits $20
Strait, George Livin' It Up
Strait, George Lead On
Starit, George For Last Time:Live from Astrodome
Strait, George One Step at a Time
Strait, George The Road Less Travelled
Strait, George Something Special
Strait, George Strait Country
Stuart, Marty Hillbilly Rock
Sugarland Twice the Speed of Life $20
Supernaw, Doug You StillGot Me $20
Supernaw, Doug Deep Thoughts from a Shallow Mind
Supernaw, Doug Red & Rio Grande $20
Supernaw, Doug Fadin' Renegade $20 Wonderful traitional style vocalist. Personal
demons prevented him from reaching the top but don't despair
these are all worth it and you certainly won't get them elsewhere!
Taylor, Chip London Sessions Bootleg $22 2 cds
Texas Tornados Hangin' on By a Thread $20
Texas Tornados Best $20
Texas Tornados Zone of Our Own $20
Thompson, Hank The Wild Side of Life:Introduction $20
Thompson, Hank Signature Series ***Inc. hard to get "Blackboard of My Heart"
Thompson, Hank Seven Decades (and still as strong as ever. One of country's most
distinctive and stylish vocalists has lost none of his vocal strength. From the classic "Abdul Abulbul Amir" thhrough romps like "Condo in Hondo" to even a little after dinner jazz .."Dinner for One Please
James" this is a winner.)
Tillis. Pam "It's All Relative; Tillis Sings Tillis" It helps when your dad is Mel
Tillis, writer and singer of many classics. Actually hard to see how
this could be improved on. The songs are great and Pam has never
sounded better. Includes duets with Ray Benson & Mel Tillis)
Tillman, Floyd Crazy Cajun Sessions $20 26 tracks
Tippin, Aaron RCA Country Legends
Tobin, Karen Carolina Smokey Moon Excelllent Californian artist who had this
great album out at the height of the new country movement in
the early 90s. Worth it for "Anywhere But here", later covered by
Tomblin, Lucky Lucky Tomblin Band Texas honky tonk
Tractors Tractors Great debut, including "My Baby Likes to Boogie etc"
Travis, Randy High Lonesome $20
Travis, Randy No Holdin' Back
Travis, Randy A Man Ain't Made of Stone
Travis, Randy Always & Forever $20
Travis, Randy Old 8 x 10 $20
Travis, Randy Heroes & Friends $20
Travis, Randy Full Circle
Travis, Randy This Is Me $20
Travis, Randy Wind in the Wire
Travis, Randy Rise & Shine $20
Travis, Randy Worship & Faith $22
Tres Chicas Sweetwater (with Caitlin Cary) $5
Trevino, Rick In my Dreams
Trick Pony On a Mission
Trick Pony Trick Pony
Tritt, Travis Down the Road I Go $20
Tritt, Travis My Honky Tonk History
Tritt, Travis Strong Enough
Tritt, Travis It's All About to Change
Tritt, Travis Restless Kind
Tritt, Travis Country Club
Tritt, Travis T R O U B L E
Tubb, Ernest 40 Great Country Duets 2cds $28
Tucker, Tanya Tanya
Tucker, Tanya Greatest Hits 1990-1992
Tucker, Tanya Greatest Hits
Tucker, Tanya Can't run from Yourself
Turner, Josh Long Black Train $20
Twitty/Lynn 20 Greatest Hits $20 (Conway & Loretta)
Two Tons of Steel Vegas Top drawer Texas group produced by Lloyd Maines. Similar
to the likes of the Mavericks, Derailers etc but with a little bit more
rockabilly bent; slap bassist Ric Ramirez is one of the best and toured
here with Wayne Hancock.
Tyson, Ian Songs from the Gravel Road $5
Ulisse, Donna Trouble at the Door ( To appeal to Heather Myles etc fans. A++)
Unknown Hinson The Future is Unknown (Weird hillbilly)
Van Shelton, Ricky Loving proof
Van Shelton, Ricky Love & Honor $20 (hard to get)
Van Shelton, Ricky RVS III
Van Shelton, Ricky A Bridge I Didn't Burn
Van Shelton, Ricky Wild Eyed Dream
Van Shelton, Ricky Making Plans $20
Van Shelton, Ricky Don't Overlook Salvation (gospel)
Van Zandt, Townes Best $20
Van Zandt, Townes Texas Hill Country Recordings $20 (duets)
Van Zant Get Right With the Man
Vaughan Stevie Ray Bug Songwriter Series 14 tracks $5
Vincent, Rick A Wanted Man $20 ***West coast country singer's only album
Volkaert, Redd For the ladies ***Voted Playboy's Sexiest Country Artist)
Wagoneers Stout & High $30 (very rare)
Walker, Clay A Few Questions
Walker, Clao Greatest Hits
Wall, Chris Tainted Angel $20
Wallace, Roger The Lowdown $20
Walser, Don Down at the Sky Vue Drive Inn ....Pavarotti of the Plains
Walser, Don Texas Top Hand $20
Walser, Don Rolling stone from Texas $20
Walser, Don I'll Hold You In My Heart $20
Walser, Don Here's To Country Music $20
Walser, Don Dare to Dream: The Best Of $22
Wariner, Steve Ultimate Collection 21 Tracks $20
Watson, B B Light at the End of the Tunnel ...a few copies only. One of the best
honky tonk songs of last 20 years in "Hank Drank" is only one of
the highlights of the album)
Watson, Dale The Truckin' Sessions
Watson, Doc Guitar Instrumental Collection $20
Watson, Doc Lonesome Road (with Merle) BGO reissue
Watson, Gene Sings $20
Watson, Gene Little By Little
Watson, Gene The Gospel Side
Welch, Gillian Hell Among the Yearlings $20
Welch, Gillian Time the Revelator
Wells, Kitty Country Music Hall Of Fame
Whitley, Keith Wherever You Are Tonight $25 Has been dead 16 years now. Still
Whitley, Keith L A to Miami $20 fresh. One of the best ever! Deep
Whitley, Keith Don't Close Your Eyes $22 voice, a tad reminiscent of Randy
Whitley, Keith I Wonder Do You Think of Me $25 Travis.
Whitley, Keith Kentucky Bluebird $28
Whitley, Keith The Essential $20
Whitley, Keith Tribute to $28 deleted with Alan Jackson, Mark Chesnutt etc.
Wilburn Brothers Troubles Back in Town:The Hits $20
Wild Jimbos Wild Jimbos (Jimmy Ibbitson/Dirt band)
Wilalrd, Kevin Blake The First Ten Years (with the Cadillac Cowboys)
Williams, Don Volumes 1&2 (2 on 1 Edsel) $22
Williams, Don Flatlands $20
Williams, Don An Evening With
Williams, Hank Rare Demos First to Last (CMF) $20
Williams, Hank The Legend of 2cds (read by Sammy
Kershaw) $28 rare tracks as well.
Williams, Hank Live at the Grand Ol Opry $35 2cds
Williams, Hank Final Sessions $20 30 tracks
Williams, Hank Jnr AKA Wham Bam Sam
Williams, Hank Jnr Almeria Club
Williams, Hank Jnr American the Way I See It
Williams, Hank Jnr And Friends
Williams, Hank Jnr Born to Boogie
Williams, Hank Jnr Early Years Part One
Williams, Hank Jnr Early Years Part Two
Williams, Hank Jnr Family Tradition
Williams, Hank Jnr Five-O
Williams, Hank Jnr Greatest Hits Vol III
Williams, Hank Jnr Habits Old and New
Williams, Hank Jnr Hog Wild
Williams, Hank Jnr Lone Wolf
Williams, Hank Jnr Major Moves
Williams, Hank Jnr Man of Steel
Williams, Hank Jnr Maverick
Williams, Hank Jnr Montana Cafe
Williams, Hank Jnr New South
Williams, Hank Jnr One Night Stands
Williams, Hank Jnr Out of left Field
Williams, Hank Jnr Pressure Is On
Williams, Hank Jnr Pure Hank
Williams, Hank Jnr Rowdy
Williams, Hank Jnr Stormy
Williams, Hank Jnr Strong Stuff
Williams, Hank Jnr Tribute to My Father
Williams, Hank Jnr Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound
Williams, Hank Jnr Wild Streak
Williams, Hank III Risin' Outlaw $20
Williams, Hank III Lovesick, Broke & Driftin' $20
Williams, Holly The Ones We Never Knew (Hankess)
Williams, Lucinda Essence $20 (digipak))
Willis, Kelly Bang Bang $20
Willis, Kelly Easy
Willis, Kelly Kelly Willis $22
Wills, Bob Ultimate Collection
Willmon, Trent Trent Willmon $10
Wilson, Gretchen Here for the Party Deluxe edition cd+ dvd $20
Womack, LeeAnn Lee Ann Womack
Womack, LeeAnn I Hope You Dance
Womack, LeeAnn Some Things I Know
Womack, LeeAnn Something Worth leaving Behind
Woodys Teardrops & Diamonds $20 ***Can't speak highly enough of them
Worley, Darryl Darryl Worley
Worley, Darryl I Miss My Friend
Worley, Darryl Have You Forgotten
Wright, Chely Right in the Middle of It $20
Wright, Chely Woman in the Moon $20
Wright, Chely Let Her In
Wright, Curtis Curtis Wright
Wrights Down the Road $20 This is superb album...first on Alan Jackson's
label. Shannon & Adam provide duets and solos all of the highest order. \
Uncle Alan guests.
Wylie & Wild West Hooves of Horses
Wylie & Wild West Ridin' the Hi-Line
Wylie & Wild West Way Out West
Wylie & Wild West Paradise
Wylie & Wild West Total Yodel
Yates, Billy Billy Yates $25 (on defunct Almo label) has hits "Choices" & "Flowers"
Yates, Billy If I Could Go Back $22
Yates, Billy Country $22
Yoakam, Dwight This Time (his best. has some wonderful ballads. "Try Not to Look
So Pretty" is as good as it gets)
Yoakam, Dwight If There Was a Way
Yoakam, Dwight Gone
Yoakam, Dwight Long Way Home
Yoakam, Dwight South of Heaven West of Hell Soundtrack $20
Yoakam, Dwight Population Me
Yoakam, Dwight Dwight's Used Records
Yoakam, Dwight Tomorrow's Sounds Today
Yoakam, Dwight Dwight Live
Yoakam, Dwight Under the Covers
Appalachians $20 22 track companion to a PBS special features a bunch of old timey and classic country songs performed by new artists. Former includes Blind Alfred Reed, Carter Family...latter includes Ricky Skaggs, Paul Burch etc. Very nicely put together.
Beverly Hillbillies Soundtrack $25 Hard to get now, featuring great versions of mainly country standards that are only on this album. Sammy Kershaw is great on "I'm Movin' On" and a new Texas Tornados version of "Wasted Days & Wasted Nights" will knock your socks off. Also includes Dolly Parton, Ricky Van Shelton, Aaron Tippin, Lorrie Morgan. Oak Ridge Boys etc. Concludes with new version of "Ballad of Jed Clampett" by Jerry Scoggins.
Bristol Sessions 2cds (CMF) $28 Ralph Peer's landmark recordings. Recorded in 1927 these landmark recordings are an essential part of any collection. Notes by Charles Wolfe
Caught in the Webb $20 One of the best tributes ever...Webb Pierce songs. Mandy Barnett
is superb on "Slowly", Emmylou at her folkiest best on "Wondering", Joy Lynn White & Robbie Fulks superb duetting on "Tupelo County Jail", BR549 on the anthem 'ThereStands the Glass" and that's not even mentioning Willie, George Jones etc. 21 tracks. All grand.
Common Thread - Songs of the Eagles Mixed bag but has several moments!
Dressed in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash $20 The non major label tribute to Johnny Cash
with 18 great performances from Hank III, Rodney Crowell, Raul Malo, Dale Watson, the fabulous Mandy Barnett, the raunchy Rev. Horton Heat etc.
Eight Seconds Soundtrack. Trcaks only on this album by Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Pam Tillis etc. 12 in all
ELKO! A Cowboy's Gathering $22 2cds (Cowboy Songs & Poetry) 40 tracks featuring the
cream of the crop including Don Edwards, R W Hampton, Michael Martin Murphey, Brenn Hill, Wylie & Wild West plus Cowboy Poets such as Baxter Black & Waddy Mitchell)
Falling from Grace Soundtrack Interesting soundtrack which featured an unlikely amalgam of Mellancamp/ Yoakam/ Prine/ Ely and James McMurtry under the pseudonym, "The Buzzing Cousins".
Horse Whisperer Mark it down as one of the best ever soundtracks...a great cast all of whom contribute great songs none better than "Whispering Pines" by Iris Dement or "Slow Surprise" by Emmylou Harris .
It's Now or Never:The Tribute to Elvis $25 country artists with Mavericks version of "Love Me" being superb mix with pop artists in a 15 track tribute. Full artist list is: Travis Tritt. Tanya Tucker, Dwight Yoakam, Mavericks, Melissa Etheridge, Michael Hutchence with NRBQ, Aaron Neville, Billy Ray Cyrus, Chris isaak, Michael Bolton andCarl Perkins, Faith hill, Bryan Adams, Wet, Wet Wet and Tony Bennett.
Kindred Spirit Tribute to Johnny Cash Includes Springsteen/Earle/ Marty Stuart/ Hank Jnr
Livin' Lovin' Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers $20 Hard to beat. Interspersed with exerpts from Louvin Brothers stage show. Has Emmylou & Rodney Crowell on "My Baby's Gone", but even then with the likes of Haggard, Joe Nichols, Rhonda Vincent etc the highlight is Glen Campbell's sensational vocal on "When I Stop Dreaming". Brilliant.
Mama's Hungry Eyes - Tribute to Merle Haggard $22 Major label tribute with Brooks & Dunn, Clint black (you'd swear he was hag!), Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Lorrie Morgan etc
Red,Hot & Country $25 An AIDS benefit project with 17 great tracks peculiar to this album. The highlights include Carl Perkins with Duane Eddy & the Mavericks "Matchbox" (sure kicks), Johnny Cash with an inspired version of Dylans' "Forever Young". Cash also appears with Brooks & Dunn on "Folsom Prison Blues". There is also Radney Foster, Mark Chesnutt (just superb). Mary Chapin etc. Deleted and very hard to find.
Should Have Been Hits A compilation of hard country songs that all sound pretty darn good, with similar production to the excellent Johnny Paycheck Little Darlin' releases. For the unitiated that was when he was singing in a decided George Jones style. There are a few known artists among the 20 songs. Dugg Collins (even then he wasn't a great speller), Tommy Dee and Hoot Hester are the known artists (!) so how obscure must the others be. Nicestuff .
Stone Country: Country Artists Perform the Songs of the Rolling Stones Definitely a mixed bag but you can't go past George Jones' version of "Time Is On my Side" or Sammy Kershaw's empassioned "Angie" Others include Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence & Blackhawk.
Touch My Heart _ Tribute to Johnny Paycheck $20 This is what it is all about. Dallas Wayne is superb on "I Did the Right Thing" and you also have artists like Gail Davies, George Jones, Hank III. Dave Alvin, Jim Lauderdale, Billy Yates, Johnny Bush etc
Town South of Bakersfield Vols 1&2 $20 Must have collection which has set the standard for independent compilations for many years. All artists from the Los Angeles area and this includes the first performances of Jann Browne, Rosie Flores, Katy Moffatt (2nd time around anyway), Lucinda (ditto), Dwight etc but the highlight is the fabulous Re Winkler (pronounced Ray Winkler) version of the Ernest Tubb/Wilburns classic "MisterLove"
Tribute to Tradition $20 Randy Travis ("Mama Tried"), Dixie Chicks (hot "Stand By Your Man"), Collin Raye ("Cold Cold Heart") are great for starters but then you have Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wade Hayes, Trace Adkins. Alison Krauss etc. 14 tracks that are only on this compilation.
Tulare Dust:Songwriter's tribute to Merle Haggard All great artists inging Merle Haggard. How great? Well there is Dwight ("Holding Things Together")/ Iris Dement ("Big City")
Lucinda ("You Don't Have Very Far to Go") Billy Joe Shaver ("Ramblin' Fever") Katy Moffatt ("I can't be Myself")....and then there'es Joe Ely, Steve Young, Tom Russell, Dave Alvin, Rosie Flores, Amrshall Crenshaw etc. 15 tracks
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